Kick-off: 1945, 19/10/2018
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Sheff Wed vs Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday have recovered well from a slow start to the Championship season and now look well equipped to compete with Middlesbrough.
However, the Owls have got into the habit of drawing against the better teams in this division on home turf, sharing the spoils with Stoke, Leeds and West Brom at Hillsborough.
That recent record makes 11/5 for another stalemate here an obvious option for our opening Sheff Wed vs Middlesbrough prediction.
A Look At Sheffield Wednesday’s Betting Odds
Wednesday are unbeaten in six league games at this venue, albeit they have only managed to beat two struggling opponents in Millwall and Ipswich.
Away wins at Reading, Aston Villa and Bristol City since the start of September are hard to fault, though, and have helped push the Owls up to sixth place.
A double strike from substitute Lucas Joao did the damage in a 2-1 triumph over the Robins before the international break.
Jos Luhukay commented: “The second half was much better. We caused them problems, scored two good goals and, after giving away a stupid penalty, defended really well at the end.”
A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds
Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis will have been glad of a fortnight off following a laboured 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest at the Riverside last time out.
Both sides had chances in an open first half, but Boro faded after the break as they conceded at home for the first time this term.
Pulis moaned: “We’re playing on our home ground in front of a decent crowd and we never, ever looked as though we were at the races.”
A busy period may just have taken its toll that day, though, with Boro having had to cope with three straight midweek fixtures, including a penalty shoot-out win at Preston in the EFL Cup.
The visitors have lost only one of their seven away games in all competitions, with four finishing level at the end of normal time.
They are still three points above the Owls in fourth and we’re expecting a refreshed effort on Friday night, so 23/4 for a solid 1-1 draw completes our Sheff Wed vs Middlesbrough betting tips.
Bristol City 1-2 SHEFF WED – Lucas Joao (2)
MIDDLESBROUGH 0-2 Nottingham Forest
Head-to-head: Boro 0-0 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 1-2 Boro, Boro 3-0 Sheff Wed, Boro 1-0 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 1-3 Boro
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