Middlesbrough (@2.3) vs Sheff Wed (@3.0)

Our Prediction:

Middlesbrough will win

Middlesbrough – Sheff Wed Match Prediction | 28-09-2019 10:00

Winger Adam Reach had also scored a screamer in the game prior to that against Leeds, which once more ended a home draw. In the match before the Bristol City encounter, Wednesday were held to a 2-2 home draw against West Brom, who scored two late goals to snatch victory away from the hosts, after a beauty from Adam Reach and a goal for Fernando Forestieri had put the Owls in front. Indeed, prior to the Leeds match, Wednesday had secured an impressive 2-1 away victory at Aston Villa to spark this run. Indeed, the match against Bristol was the fourth unbeaten in a row for Sheffield Wednesday, against a succession of top teams in the division.

In order to sustain a promotion bid, the club has to improve on this and strikes like Assombalonga and Martin Braithwaite have to step up even more. These matches have raised the question of Middlesbroughs attacking potency. They may have scored in most games this season but their record of 14 goals scored after 12 matches is the joint-worst in the top-ten. In the top scorers chart, the team does not have a single representative, with striker Britt Assombalonga coming in at 23rd with four goals and no assists.

In the last game before the international break, Middlesbrough suffered their first home loss of the season against Nottingham Forest, managed by their former boss Aitor Karanaka. For such a formidable team at home, it was the antithesis of their other performances, failing to score for only the fourth time this season and adding a third to their total goals conceded tally. In contrast, during the last four league matches, Middlesbrough have slipped up several times to raise some concerns about the team, though not too serious at this moment in time.

Middlesbrough vs Sheff Wed

Thats a fine streak, and theyll be out to extend that fine form with a result in this clash. Wednesday isnt exactly a word which brings enthusiasm for Blades fans, but they have a fantastic record on this particular day of the week. Sheffield United are unbeaten in 12 home league games played on Wednesday (W9 D3) since losing 0-1 in March 1993 against Norwich City. However, they are likely to have issues from the Middlesbrough attack, who come into this game with some fine form in front of goal.

Only in one goalless draw at this venue did Sheffield kept a clean sheet against Middlesbrough at this venue. They conceded in every single game other than that, and at a rate of 2 goals per match. They have conceded goals in nine of their last ten fixtures on the road. Sheffield Wednesday is a team with not that much of defensive stability.

They could not take their chances in the away match at Hull, resulting in a 1-1 draw against a team in the relegation zone, whilst were held to a goalless draw at home to Swansea. Although Middlesbrough beat Ipswich comfortably in their prior game, a 2-0 away win typical of their performances this season, manager Tony Pulis will have been more concerned in the recent games against Hull and Swansea.

This had been in contrast to the first, in which Sheffield Wednesday were largely dominated by the home side. The latest was a 2-1 away victory at Bristol City before the international break, with substitute Lucas Joao coming off the bench to grab both goals in an impressive second-half display. Nonetheless, they managed to stun the hosts in a great show of character to not only take the lead but to hold onto it after Bristol pulled one back in the 80th minute. After an uncertain start to the season, Sheffield Wednesday have kicked into gear and picked up some impressive results in recent matches.

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He now has 86 league goals since rejoining the Blades in 2015, and hes firing them to glory. While the visitors have firepower coming into this game, the hosts can boast the leagues top scorer. With 22 goals this season, hes a potent threat. The last three games have seen Sharp score six times in total, and hes a clinical finisher when given the chance. We expect him to grab a goal in this encounter, so were backing Sharp to score any time on top of our BTTS pick.

However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2).

In all of Sheffield Wednesdays home games so far this season, both teams have scored. Despite this, Wednesday are one of the most in-form teams in the division at the moment and have proven they can do damage against the best sides, so backing both teams to score looks to be a smart bet. Whilst Middlesbrough may be lacking in confidence, they still have the quality to get a goal and will make it very difficult for Wednesday to get one. Indeed, we think Middlesbrough can score in this match, at the very least.

That includes hitting three at West Brom, while they have scored in 10 of their last 11 on the road. Middlesbrough have seen both sides score in six of their last seven, so we think BTTS is value here, especially with the Blades coming off the back of a 3-3 thriller. We see them notching against the Blades, who have scored in 80% of their home matches. Middlesbrough come here having scored in their last seven trips.

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The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the clubs main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Middlesbrough is a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of Englands league system in the modern history.