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Middlesbrough v Leeds: Boro to pile the pressure on Warnock

| 10.03.2012

Life at Leeds hasn’t exactly begun with a bang for Neil Warnock and it’s going to get worse before it gets better, so back Boro at 21/20 to make it three wins on the spin.

Since Warnock took charge, Leeds have taken just one point from a possible nine and are still waiting for their first goal under the new manager.

And Leeds have a wretched record against sides currently above them in the Championship, winning just one of 13 clashes.

But they will at least be encouraged to know that Leeds have never lost at the Riverside. In nine visits, the Yorkshire club have won three and drawn six and they’re 13/5 to give Warnock his first win as Leeds boss.

Middlesbrough however are in rather better form, with four wins in their last five. But their home record isn’t particularly impressive, having won just seven of 18 league fixtures at the Riverside.

And Boro have drawn eight times in front of their own fans. It’s 23/10 for this one to end all square.

Elsewhere, only four of Middlesbrough’s league games at the Riverside have seen over 2.5 goals and two of Leeds’ last three fixtures have ended goalless.

Under 2.5 goals is priced 8/11, while it’s 5/2 for the game to be settled by a solitary strike.

In the goalscoring stakes, Marvin Emnes is perhaps the man to watch. The Dutch striker has 15 goals to his name this season and has netted four in his last five starts for the club.

And it was Emnes who struck the winner in Boro’s 1-0 win at Elland Road in August. Emnes is 9/2 to net the opener again.

For the visitors, top scorer Ross McCormack is the most likely threat, though the 25-year-old has now gone four games without hitting the back of the net.

McCormack is a generous 9/4 to rediscover his scoring touch at any time in the 90 minutes.

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Richard Anderson