Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 8/1/17

Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 8/1/17

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Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 8/1/17

In our Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.

On Sunday afternoon this weekend in the third round of the FA Cup we see Carlos Carvalhal take his Championship Sheffield Wednesday side on the trip to the Riverside Stadium to face Aitor Karanka’s Premier League Middlesbrough. This one will be a close encounter with both teams fancying themselves to come away with the win and progress into the fourth round.

The home side Middlesbrough head into the visit of Sheffield Wednesday knowing that although their opponents are from the division below, by no means will this be an easy match. They will have to play to their full potential if they are to win here against a side who were 90 minutes away from joining them in their promotion to the Premier League last season. Boro are finding life in the top flight fairly difficult as they sit just two places and four points above the bottom three. With just one win in their last six they will be hoping by picking up a victory here, it will send them into their next Premier League game with much more confidence. Their next fixture sees them travel to Vicarage Road to face Walter Mazzarri’s Watford in a very winnable game. Boro have never actually won the FA Cup, and in last seasons competition they were knocked out at the first hurdle 2-1 at home to Burnley. They’ve actually struggled slightly at the Riverside so far this campaign, they’ve managed just three wins there and that’s a record in which Aitor Karanka will seriously want to improve. They have this week been bolstered their options with the signing of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede. The 6ft 4 powerhouse will be good competition for their current first choice striker, Alavaro Negredo who is their current top scorer with five goals to his name.

Their most recent match was on Monday afternoon when they welcomed Claudio Ranieri’s defending Champions Leicester City to the Riverside Stadium. It was a frustratingly boring encounter where neither side could manage to create many clear cut chances and the whole match only saw four efforts on target. Borowanted a penalty when Robert Huth brought down Adama Traore and Boro’s Gaston Ramirez lashed the best opportunity wide from six yards.

The away side Sheffield Wednesday go into the trip to Middlesbrough hoping that they can claim a Premier League scalp by progressing through to the fourth round. After they went through the heartbreak of losing in the play off final last season to Hull City, the Owls are looking like they may well be set for another top six finish. They currently find themselves sat in sixth place in the table, three points below Leeds in fifth and two points ahead of Derby in seventh. They are unbeaten in their last five matches so will be very confident that they have the ability to go to Middlesbrough and win. In last years competition they beat Fulham 2-1 in the third round but were then a victim of ‘cupset’ when they were beaten 3-2 away to League One Shrewsbury Town. They have this week been dealt a huge blow with a long-term injury to key player Kieran Lee which will see him play no further part in this season. The midfielder has chipped in with a few vital goals so far this campaign and will be a huge loss for them. Their current top scorers are Fernando Foristieri and Steve Fletcher, they both have six goals a piece and will be looking to add to that tally here.

Their most recent game was on Monday afternoon when they welcomed Paul Lambert’s Wolverhampton Wanderers to Hillsborough Stadium. Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme denied Vincent Sasso early on and also made a double save to foil Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri before the break. But the visitors went closest when Joe Mason saw his effort strike the woodwork and then Adam Reach was on hand to clear Matt Doherty’s shot on the line. Both teams had to settle for a goalless draw in South Yorkshire.

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best Priced on bet365 at 5/2) – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals (Best Priced on betway at 13/20) – BET HERE

 A goal in both halves – NO (Best Priced on betway at 3/4) – BET HERE

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