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Match Preview: Leeds v Middlesbrough

Leeds will be without left-back George McCartney for this weekend's clash with the Boro after his loan deal came to an end earlier this week.

With McCartney gone Ben Parker will be looking to make his first start for Leeds in eight months, but will be facing tough opposition from Fede Bessone and Andy Hughes to make Simon Grayson's first 11. Neil Kilkenny will also be available to make his final appearance before he joins the Australia squad ahead of the Asian Cup in Qatar.

Middlesbrough have no injury worries but may be without midfielder Barry Robson who has been suffering from a virus, his chances to feature are rated at 50/50.

Both teams are in good form ahead of this clash, Leeds are unbeaten in eleven and are sitting 4th in the Championship, but have let two winning positions go in the past two games. Middlesbrough on the other hand have been underachieving this season, they were predicted by many to win the division. The Teesider's have climbed out of the bottom three recently after winning two of their last three matches.

Fans travelling to the game will no doubt see some goals, Leeds have scored 44 goals this season but are also known for letting a fair few in themselves, so for the neutrals this could be another cracker. If Leeds can beat Middlesbrough tomorrow it will be their first double over the club since the 1989/1990 Second Division campaign, after beating them at the Riverside in October 2-1.

My prediction:

Middlesbrough managed to win away from home last week so they will be full of confidence when they travel to Elland Road tomorrow. Leeds have thrown away the past two games and need to stop the defensive mistake's before they travel to Cardiff on Tuesday. I expect Leeds to come and attack from the off like they did last week, this time I hope they kill the game off and welcome 2011 with a solid three points in front of another big crowd. Score 4-1 to Leeds.

Happy New Year to all.