Middlesbrough

V

Riverside Stadium

30/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

Sheffield Wednesday

V

Riverside Stadium

30/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Middlesbrough, who are hunting down a play-off place, host a Sheffield Wednesday side that still have one eye over their shoulder on the relegation zone.

Last time: A Christian Stuani goal in the first minute gave Boro all three points the last time these two met at the Riverside over the Christmas period in 2015.

This time: Middlesbrough are 8/13 favourites to win this game, while Wednesday are 5/1 and the draw is 13/5.

You might remember: Wednesday winning 3-2 at the Riverside in August 2014. A double by Kosovan Atdhe Nuhiu and a Stevie May goal put the Owls 3-0 up before two late Grant Leadbitter penalties made for an interesting finish.

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Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium will host this game

Middlesbrough’s last league game was a good 3-0 away win against Queens Park Rangers, in which Adama Traore was the protagonist as he scored one and set up another. The Smoggies are hovering just outside the play-off places, and a win here could see them leapfrog some of the sides in front of them.

Sheffield Wednesday’s last fixture was a 0-0 draw at home with Cardiff City, and the Owls have won just one game in their last 12 league matches. Conveniently for them and their fans, they have just had a confidence boosting 3-1 home win in the FA Cup against Reading in preparation for this one.

Boro are 4/6 to win here, but their home form has been somewhat patchy with five losses, two draws, and seven victories. With the fifth meanest defence in the Championship and Tony Pulis at the helm, the home side are big favourites to win this one.

Wednesday, on the other hand, are 5/1 to leave the North East with all three points. They lost their home match against Boro two days before Christmas 2-1, when goals from Johnny Howson and Ryan Shotton turned the game around after the Owls had taken the lead.

The draw is 13/5, and Sheffield Wednesday are draw specialists having shared the spoils in 10 of their League games so far this season.

Atdhe Nuhiu, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over Reading in the FA Cup, is 19/4 to score anytime. Boro’s top goalscorer Britt Assombalonga is 5/2 to score the first goal of the match, while former Boro man Jordan Rhodes is 8/1 to open the scoring.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Adama Traore to put in another good display after finally scoring his first league goal for Middlesbrough. The Spaniard is 13/2 to open the scoring.

2

We fancy:

Middlesbrough’s defence can be mean so it wouldn’t be a big surprise if they keep a clean sheet on their way to victory. The hosts are 7/5 to win to nil.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Middlesbrough to win 4-1 is 33/1. Pulis’ side aren’t the biggest scorers in the Championship but Wednesday’s FA Cup exertions could have an effect.

Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.