Middlesbrough v Leeds United: Boro clash comes at a good time – Gray

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.
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WHITES legend Eddie Gray believes Leeds United could be taking on a busy Middlesbrough side at the ideal time tomorrow.

Neil Redfearn’s Whites will have had a full week’s rest by the time tomorrow lunchtime’s Championship showdown gets going yet hosts Boro have faced three games in seven days.

Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup loss at Arsenal was followed by Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Birmingham City in which the Riversiders also had to play an entire half with ten men after the 43rd-minute dismissal of goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Gray knows winning at the division’s top side would still be a major achievement for the 12th-placed Whites but believes if there’s a good time to catch Aitor Karanka’s men it could be now.

Gray reasoned: “It will be a tough game at Middlesbrough but the thing that’s in our favour I think is that Middlesbrough were playing on Sunday and they were also playing on Wednesday night against Birmingham away.

“And then they have got to play Saturday at lunchtime.

“There could be a few tired legs in their group and we’ve got good running power in the side.

“It could be interesting for us and it could be a good time for us to play Middlesbrough, especially with an early kick-off.

“That’s in our favour – as is the fact that we’ve recently gone to Reading and won.

“When you go to Reading and win a game like that and you win your home game following it up then you shouldn’t have any fear going to Middlesbrough either.

“I just think it gives us a good opportunity going to Middlesbrough with their fixture list.”