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These sides experienced contrasting fortunes on the opening day of the season and our tipster is backing Aitor Karanka's men to collect all three points at Elland Road on Saturday

Middlesbrough got their Championship campaign off to a solid start with a comfortable 2-0 win against Birmingham City last weekend and Aitor Karanka’s side will be looking for a second successive victory when they travel to Elland Road to tackle Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Boro are narrow favourites to claim all three points from this weekend’s clash, with bet365 offering 11/8 (2.38) for an away win, while the hosts, who stated their campaign with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Millwall, can be backed at 19/10 (2.90) with bet365 to bounce back this weekend. The same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that Saturday’s clash ends in stalemate.

Both sides were involved in Capital One Cup action in midweek with Leeds edging to a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley while Middlesbrough cruised to a 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic.

Spanish striker Kike, who joined Boro from Real Murcia in the summer scored on his Championship debut last weekend and the 24-year-old Spanish front man is likely to lead the line for Boro again this weekend.

Odds compilers bet365 offer a generous 5/1 (6.0) that Kike opens the scoring at Elland Road while the 13/8 (2.63) quote from the same firm for the Spaniard to score at any time looks to be a solid selection.

Ross McCormack was Leeds United’s saviour on so many occasions last season and, following the Scot’s departure to Championship rivals Fulham this summer, Dave Hockaday must try to find a striker to fill the void left by the 27-year-old.

Souleymane Doukara was the man chosen to spearhead the Leeds attack against Millwall last weekend and the Senegalese striker may well be asked to do so again here if new signing Billy Sharp - who joined from Nottingham Forest on Thursday - isn't ready to start the match on Saturday lunchtime.

Doukara can be backed at 8/1 (9.0) with bet365 to break the deadlock this weekend while the same firm go 11/4 (3.75) that 22-year-old finds the net for the hosts at any time on Saturday.

It has been a difficult summer for Leeds United following the shock appointment of the inexperienced Dave Hockaday as manager and the former Forest Green Rovers boss will be desperate to prove his detractors wrong.

Middlesbrough, though, look to be tough opposition for the Whites and there is value to be had in backing Aitor Karanka’s side to heap yet more misery upon the Elland Road faithful this weekend.

Therefore, punters are advised to snap up the 11/8 (2.38) quote offered up by bet365 for Middlesbrough to claim all three points when these two sides go head-to-head at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Middlesbrough to win at 11/8 (2.38) for a 2pts stake with bet365

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