Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 19/10/18

Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough and provides us with his best bets for Friday nights televised clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.

Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 19/10/18
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Hillsborough
  • Channel: SkySports Football

Championship football returns on Friday night after a 2 week hiatus due to the International break. It’s a meeting of two teams in the play offs, Sheffield Wednesday can go level on points with their counterparts should they get the win here.

Middlesbrough surprisingly lost 2-0 last time out against Nottingham Forest but Tony Pulis will have them set up to avoid that happening here. It could be said that Pulis teams are more suited to playing on the road where they can allow their opponents to have the majority of the ball and to try hit them on the counter attack or profit from set pieces. Their meeting with Leeds over a month ago showed just what they’re all about, defensive discipline and a compact midfield meant the Whites couldn’t get into areas to penetrate. I’m expecting them to do the same here in order to halt a Sheffield Wednesday side that are scoring goals.

Pulis’ troops have a +8 goal difference despite only scoring 14 goals which highlights their decent defence. Options are plentiful for the Teesiders with no injury doubts. There’s steel and Championship experience in midfield with Adam Clayton, Mo Besic, Grant Leadbitter, George Saville and Johnny Howson all available. Interestingly Britt Assombalonga has been dropped to the bench in recent times but he’s a great option to bring on.

Wednesday have almost gone under the radar this season winning often by just a single goal, in fact all of their wins have come by a 2-1 scoreline. Portuguese striker Lucas Joao has been in fine form this term, netting upon 5 occasions; however he could have chances at a premium against this stingy Boro backline.

It’s somewhat surprising to see 75% of the Owls fixtures see over 2.5 goals land given the usually pragmatic approach of gaffer Jos Luhakay. Having said that, the majority of those games have seen exactly 3 goals.

Team News

As mentioned Middlesbrough currently have a clean bill of health.

Sheffield Wednesday are without midfielders Almen Abdi and Kieran Lee. Joost Van Aken and Marco Matias are also unavailable. Gary Hooper is a doubt.

Potential Sheffield Wednesday XI: Dawson, Lees, Hector, Pudil, Penney, Bannan, Onomah, Palmer, Reach, Forestieri, Joao.

Potential Middlesbrough XI: Randolph, Shotton, Flint, Ayala, Friend, Besic, Howson, Saville, Braithwaite, Downing, Hugill.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals has landed in all of Middlesbrough’s last 10 fixtures in the Championship.
  • Middlesbrough are undefeated in their last 5 matches against Sheffield Wednesday.

Betting Odds

  • Sheffield Wednesday – 14/5
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Middlesbrough – 5/4

The Verdict

Despite Sheffield Wednesday’s decent scoring form I’m happy to invest my faith in Middlesbrough doing what they do best and keeping it tight away from home.

When there’s one team who have a penchant for high scoring games against a team that are the opposite I tend to side with the latter. Boro went to a free scoring Leeds side and made it a dull affair and came back with a point in a goalless encounter. I have strong faith in them going with a similar game plan here.

188bet have a unique market whereby you can combined the total goals and double chance markets and that’s what I’m going to do here. Middlesbrough ‘double chance’ and under 2.5 goals is odds-against and that looks a nice way into this fixture.

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