Eddie Gray highlights a crucial factor that will benefit Leeds at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

The Leeds icon feels United's record at the Riverside will strike a bit of fear into the Middlesbrough side.

Former Leeds United winger and manager Eddie Gray believes the Yorkshire club's record at the Riverside Stadium will provide a huge positive for them ahead of their Championship clash at Middlesbrough this Sunday afternoon.

Indeed, Gray feels Uwe Rosler will have impressed upon the players that Boro may approach the Leeds game with an element of caution based on recent history.

He also says the Whites are a 'different animal' away from Elland Road.

Gray told LUTV: "You've got to be quite solid, especially when you're going somewhere like Middlesbrough.

"It's a difficult game on Sunday, Middlesbrough are going very well. But what we've got to remember, what the players have got to remember and what Uwe will have impressed upon the players is: we've got a good record there.

"They don't like playing us. Even last year, we were under the cosh for 90 minutes and came away with a victory. Leeds look like a different animal away from Elland Road."

Such is the tight nature of the Championship, especially during such early stages of the season, Leeds (10th right now) could be just three points behind Middlesbrough (currently 2nd) if they do grab an important away victory at the Riverside.

Rosler's United, meanwhile, may well be happier to face Boro away from home than at Elland Road, where they are still yet to win this term.

Is there any hope for Leeds? As Gray states, last season's clash at Middlesbrough tells you there is. But are Aitor Karanka's men are totally different prospect this time around - having recruited several new players over the summer?

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