Leeds United boast strong Elland Road record - can Marcelo Bielsa mastermind another victory against depleted Middlesbrough?
Leeds United entertain Middlesbrough in the Championship on Saturday afternoon
Middlesbrough's last trips to Elland Road may have been lacking in goals, but they certainly haven't been lacking in excitement. Leeds come out on top in the majority of fixtures, winning three out of the last five and goalless draws entertaining the other two.
Here is a look at the last five encounters with Middlesbrough at Elland Road...
Leeds United 0 Middlesbrough 0 (Championship) – Friday, August 31, 2018
A goalless drawn was the result between the two top sides at Elland Road last season. Both teams had taken 13 points from their first five games, but this top of the table battle did not live up to expectations.
Neither team were without their chances in this fixture, but no one could find the back of the net. Leeds remained above Boro on goal difference at the end of the game. The Leeds side finished third in the league, missing out on a place in the play-off final to Derby County and Boro finished 7th, just missing out on a play-off sport.
Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1 (Championship) – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Goals from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski were enough to gain the three points in this fixture. Boro got one back through Britt Assombalonga from the penalty spot in the 77th minute when Luke Ayling clashed with Daniel Ayala. With 10 minutes added time Leeds managed to see off the last half and hour without an equaliser.
Despite this, Boro managed to finish fifth in the table, missing out on a place in the play-off final to Aston
Villa, losing 1 – 0 across the two-legged semi-finals. United went on to finish 13th in the league.
Leeds United 0 Middlesbrough 0 (Championship) – Monday, February 15, 2016
Another goalless draw for the two sides denied Boro the chance to go top of the Championship table.
However, it may not be the lack of goals that this game is remembered for by Leeds fans, it may be the urging from home supporters for chairman, Massimo Cellino to quit. Late on Ben Gibson for Boro saw a second yellow card in the 89th minute but this wasn't enough time for Leeds to secure the win, making this their fifth draw in their last nine games.
The Boro later went on to secure automatic promotion, finishing runners-up to Burnley in the league and Leeds landed 13th.
Leeds United 1 Middlesbrough 0 (Championship) – Saturday, August 16, 2014
An 88th minute goal from Billy Sharp on his debut saw United manager, Dave Hockaday, secure his first Championship victory. Boro should have gone ahead through Albert Adomah but the linesman cut the celebrations short as it was controversially ruled out for a high-foot.
Leeds went on to gain another mid-table finish, at 15th and Middlesbrough missed out on promotion to Norwich City, losing 2-0 in the final at Wembley.
Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1 (Championship) – Saturday, November 23, 2013
A straight red card for the Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele just before half-time was an advantage to Leeds in this fixture. Ross McCormack put the Whites in front just after the half hour mark but Mustapha Carayol equalised after the break in the 52nd minute. However, it didn't take long for Leeds to gain their second just five minutes later through Jason Pearce.
This win moved United into the play-off positions yet later went on to finish 15th with Boro in 12th.