Middlesbrough are looking to sneak into the playoffs on Friday night when Tony Pulis’ side host Leeds United.
The hosts start the weekend three points behind Sheffield United who currently occupy the final playoff spot, whilst Paul Heckingbottom’s Leeds are all the way down in 11th with the playoffs looking more and more unlikely.
With Wolves running away with the league, I believe Boro will be there with Aston Villa and Fulham competing for the final two promotion spots, though I probably shouldn’t rule out Cardiff City who are currently second after all.
Leeds United looked poor against an out-of-form Derby County side less than two weeks ago and their form hasn’t improved since changing manager. In fact, Heckingbottom was winless in his final 15 matches at Barnsley before moving to Elland Road.
I fully expect Tony Pulis to get the better of his rookie opponent. The Middlesbrough boss has the better tactical nous, players and form heading into Friday night’s home game. I was expecting their odds to be much lower than what they are.
Adama Traore is one of the top players in the division, whilst Britt Assombalonga, Patrick Bamford and Stewart Downing can all contribute to goals also. Leeds have been leaky at the back so I’d be very surprised to see anything but a home win in this televised game.