Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough Betting Preview – 19/10/2018

Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough Betting Preview – 19/10/2018

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough

The Championship’s Friday night fixture sees promotion favourites Middlesbrough taking on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Middlesbrough have dropped down to fourth in recent weeks after leading the Championship early on, but they are only two points outside the top two, which will be their target this season. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, will be targeting a top six finish after keeping their trust in manager Jos Luhukay over the summer. The Owls are exactly where they want to be after 12 games, sitting in sixth spot.

Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough were quickly installed as one of the title favourites in the summer after missing out in the play-offs last season. They began the season in keeping with their expectations, storming to the top of the league alongside early front-runners Leeds United. However, Boro have since hit a few bumps in the road which has seen them drop to fourth, two points off second and three points behind new leaders Sheffield United. That drop down the table is largely due to a defeat last time out, suffered against now fifth-placed Nottingham Forest. Forest scored twice in the second-half to see off Middlesbrough at The Riverside and they even saw the game out after having a man sent off with 10 minutes remaining.

That defeat followed a win over Ipswich and a draw with Hull City away from home. Boro’s only other defeat this season arrived on the road against Norwich City last month. Only Leeds and Forest have lost less games than Tony Pulis’ men and that’s reflected in the odds for this game. Sheffield Wednesday are 12/5 with Bet365 to become the third team to beat Boro this season. The visitors are at a short 5/4 with Sky Bet to claim all three points.

Star striker Britt Assombalonga has netted four this season and he is always the man to watch for Boro. The former Forest striker is 9/2 to score the first goal with Sky Bet. It’s worth noting that Boro have only conceded six goals in 12 games this season, that’s an average of just one in every two games. That makes Middlesbrough to win to nil a good option, that bet is priced at 13/5 with Bet365.

Sheffield Wednesday welcome Middlesbrough to the Steel City in decent form themselves, climbing to sixth in the table after going four games without defeat. Last time out, the Owls beat Bristol City way from home. Striker Lucas Joao scored a brace to secure an impressive result on the road and to move Luhukay’s men into the top six going into the international break.

Prior to that result, Wednesday also drew 2-2 with one of the promotion favourites in West Brom. Of late, the Owls have also drawn with Leeds and beaten Aston Villa. This week’s clash with Middlesbrough is just the latest in a very tough run of games but so far, Wednesday are navigating through the tough fixture list with ease, winning two and drawing as many. The Owls are 9/4 with Marathon Bet this weekend to get a draw and based on recent results, that may be an option worth exploring.

Last season, Wednesday slumped to a 15th place finish and it may have surprised a few that the club stuck with Jos Luhukay despite his inability to turn their fortunes around in the back-end of the year. However, the decision to stick with him is proving to be a wise one with the team now looking like play-off challengers. Their biggest test will be whether they can stick around near the top end of the division but given how well they have coped against the better teams in recent weeks, they look to be there for the long haul. Lucas Joao has been key to recent form, scoring five goals in total this season and he is priced at a generous 11/4 to score at any point in the game with Bet365.

Recommended Bets:

Middlesbrough to win at 11/8 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Britt Assombalonga to score first at 11/2 with Bet 365 – BET HERE

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