Middlesbrough (@2.3) vs Sheff Wed (@3.0)
28-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Middlesbrough will win

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

In all these games, Wednesday played some dynamic football and can take great heart from their capacity to compete against the top sides, despite being pegged back in all of them. With key players like star striker Fernando Forestieri and midfield playmaker Barry Bannan back fully fit from injury, the team looks like it has a strong basis to make a sustained play-off run and they look a formidable opponent at the moment.

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.

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.

Highlighted Player (Steven Fletcher):

After spending three years at Burnley and Wolverhampton Fletcher signed a four-year deal with Sunderland for a fee of 12 million. The left-footed attacker scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for the Black Cats in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign and he was struggling in front of goal in the 2013/2014 season, scoring no more than three league goals. He made his debut for the Scottish outfit on 10 April, 2004 in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock.

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). 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. 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.

The Boro, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on Matchday 12 and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Sheffield Wednesday clash. A close encounter is on the horizon and seeing that both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Fridays derby, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. The Owls proved their worth in the triumph over the Robins, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the Championship derby against Middlesbrough. It has to be noted that the two sides shared the spoils in their last meeting in the Championship. Sheffield Wednesday are undefeated in previous four league fixtures and they head into Fridays football game following a 2-1 win at Bristol City. Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to retain their spot in top six with a win over Middlesbrough at their Hillsborough Stadium.

After spending three years at Burnley and Wolverhampton Fletcher signed a four-year deal with Sunderland for a fee of 12 million. He made his debut for the Scottish outfit on 10 April, 2004 in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock. The left-footed attacker scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for the Black Cats in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign and he was struggling in front of goal in the 2013/2014 season, scoring no more than three league goals.

Scores Vs Opponents

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.

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.