Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate is confident his side will give a better account of themselves than they did in the reverse fixture at Elland Road. Leeds ran out 4-0 winners in November and another win tonight will see them close the gap on leaders West Brom to four points.
“What a big game to play in against a vibrant Leeds United,” said Woodgate.
“People may not think we can beat them but I think we can.
“Leeds are an exceptional team but I believe we can beat them. We beat West Brom, beat Preston, drew with Fulham, drew with Bristol City.
“We have been disappointed with results recently and performances haven’t been good enough.
“But we are looking forward to Leeds. It is a great game to bounce back in.
“We’ve been in this position before, having to go to West Brom and Preston and needing to win games.”
Marcelo Bielsa, though, is ready for whatever Boro throw at his Leeds side this evening.
“There are teams that always play with the same shape and you have other teams that change their shape,” said Bielsa.
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“Middlesbrough can play six to eight different shapes and they manage very well.
“We have been working for over 12 months together, though, and in this time we have faced all the different shapes.
“We are ready to adapt to the difficulties of different shapes.”
What time does Middlesbrough vs Leeds kick-off?
The Championship match gets underway at 7.45pm GMT.
What TV channel is Middlesbrough vs Leeds on?
Sky Sports Action will be showing live coverage of the game throughout the UK.
Can I live stream Middlesbrough vs Leeds?
Fans have two options when it comes to streaming today’s match.
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Existing Sky Sports customers can stream the action via the Sky Go app.
The app is available across a host of devices, such as mobiles, tablets, laptops and games consoles.
Those without a subscription can purchase a Sky Sports pass via NOW TV.
Passes start at £9.98, with daily, weekly and monthly options available.
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