By Anis Bazza
18th October 2018
Promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough do battle in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Hillsborough, knowing victory for the visitors opens up an early-campaign chasm between the current top four and the chasing pack.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough: Odds and Predictions
Boro are 27/20 match-betting favourites for a victory that would take them top of the Championship at least until at least Saturday lunchtime, as well as opening up a temporary fourth-point gap between fourth and fifth.
The Owls, meanwhile, are 11/5 for three points, despite their home advantage, the same price as a stalemate which seems the obvious ploy for Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough predictions.
Jos Luhukay’s side have drawn four of their six home games in the division this term, while the Teessiders have drawn four of their seven road games across all competitions.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 1-2 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 3-0 Sheff Wed, Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 1-3 Middlesbrough.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough predictions: Correct score and best bet
Correct score prediction: 1-1 odds betting @ 9/2
This Championship showdown represents a classic collision of football betting ying and yang, with Wednesday archetypal both teams to score fodder and Tony Pulis’ side talismanic for BTTS – No backers.
All six of Wednesday’s home league games this term have seen goals at both ends, whereas 10 of Boro’s last 11 at all venues rewarded those predicting at least one clean sheet via the latter bet.
Our Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough betting tips expect the Owlerton outfit’s tendency to tempt guest-goal-getters such as Jordan Hugill or Britt Assombalonga out of hiding with their defensive generosity.
The visitors, meanwhile, have conceded four of the miserly six they’ve let in in the league this term on the road, marginally upping chances of them succumbing to a side fed by the twin creative energies of Barry Bannan and former Riverside forward Adam Reach.
Best bet: Both teams to score a 17/20 tip
As discussed above, Wednesday have been reliable both-teams-to-score buddies this season under Luhukay, with all of their home games and their last four aways rewarding backers.
That’s the side of the BBTS odds our Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough predictions are leaning towards, with the Teessiders having registered on each of their last three road trips.
Scorer prediction: Lucas Joao to score last @ a 6/1 pick
Joao notched a brace in Wednesday’s win at Bristol City last time out meaning he has now scored 14 league goals from the bench since the start of 2015/16 – twice as many as any other Championship player in that time.
His last four outings have come as a substitute, but if he makes the XI then he ought to become a first goalscorer selection instead at identical odds.
Boro’s Martin Braithwaite started the season with a bang, hitting three strikes in his first four outings, before a lengthy dry spell that he only broke while on Denmark duty over the international break. At 11/2 first scorer, he’s tipped to turn that strike into a small streak.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough Stats
- Sheffield Wednesday are one of five Championship teams unbeaten at home this season (also Brentford, Birmingham, Nottingham Forest and Wigan), winning two and drawing four of their six games at Hillsborough.
- Middlesbrough haven’t lost a Championship match when they’ve held a lead since March 2015 against Nottingham Forest – they are unbeaten in 67 Championship matches when they’ve gone ahead (W60 D7 L0).
- Since conceding twice against Millwall on the opening day, Middlesbrough haven’t conceded a first half goal in any of their last 11 Championship matches.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.