Whites to continue unbeaten march

Tony Pulis

It had been a tough run for Leeds United at the start of the year but unbeaten in their last three, the Whites will be looking to keep that record going when they make the trip to Middlesbrough on Friday night.

Provided the game actually goes ahead in the tundra that is the north east at the moment, this should be a real battle between two sides that harbour hopes of making the play-offs at the end of the season.

Leeds managed to come out on top 2-1 at Elland Road earlier this term and were fully deserving of the three points.

However, much has changed at Leeds since then, with head coach Thomas Christiansen being moved on before the arrival of Paul Heckingbottom.

The former Barnsley boss was given a tough hand with a squad low on confidence and the side made a sluggish start under his tenure.

But with the likes of Samuel Saiz and Liam Cooper returning from injury, Leeds are looking in much better shape now and go into this game on the back of a 1-0 victory over Brentford.

Meanwhile, Boro will be looking to bounce back after they let slip a lead to be held 3-3 by struggling Sunderland in their last outing.

Manager Tony Pulis is a superb organiser and will have his side more than ready for Friday night’s game at the Riverside.

There is so little really between these two teams that a draw at 47/20 on a bitterly cold night looks likely.

On Saturday, the standout game sees Derby County and Fulham get set to do battle at Pride Park, with two teams that are not just in the play-off picture but also have outside chances of automatic promotion.

Derby have endured a frustrating spell of results after going their last four games without a win in the Championship.

Draws with Norwich, Leeds and Reading with a defeat to Sheffield Wednesday chucked in have really stalled the Rams’ push for a top-two finish.

Fulham have been progressing nicely, on the other hand, and go into this one on the back of a fine 2-0 win over table-toppers Wolves.

This again will be a pretty tight and edgy affair but given the confidence the Cottagers are playing with at present, the 9/5 for the Londoners to win could be the way to go on this one.

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