VIDEO Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough: Match Guide & Betting

Big spending Boro head to Hillsborough after a disappointing start and the Owls can point to a good record against the Teessiders. Will that count foir anything on Saturday, though?

Possible teams
Sheffield Wednesday: Price, Palmer, Lees, Sasso, Helan, Hutchinson, Lopez, Wallace, McGugan, Matias, Nuhiu.
Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Kalas, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter; Stuani, Fabbrini, Downing, Kike

History Lesson

They may have been one of the Championship’s top teams last season, but that could not help Middlesbrough avoid being on the wrong end of a league double against the Owls.
Wednesday raced into a 3-0 lead at the Riverside and held on for a 3-2 win after a late fightback.
And back at Hillsborough in February, goals from Atdhe Nuhiu and loanee Will Keane helped the Owls to a 2-0 win.
Wednesday have won the last three meetings at Hillsborough, last suffering defeat in 2009 when Luke Varney’s early opener was overturned with Boro running out 3-0 winners.
Draws are a rare occurrence in meetings between the sides at Hillsborough with just four from 51 matches and none in the last 15 encounters.
The Owls dominate the record books with 35 home wins.

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One to watch

Jose Semedo against Boro last season

Jose Semedo against Boro last season

One of the nicest, most articulate men in football, George Friend is also a pretty decent player as well.
Since leaving Doncaster Rovers to join Middlesbrough in 2012, Friend has flourished and emerged as one of the top defenders outside the top flight.
Equally adept at left back or centre half, the 27-year-old shows superb composure both on and off the ball. He has a great left foot and gets forward confidently.
Friend has already secured cult status at Boro, largely due to his work in the community and had time as the captain last season.
Linked with a string of top flight club last year, earlier this summer he was discussed as a potential transfer target for Aston Villa.
Friend will head to Hillsborough looking to make up for his own goal in the Capital One Cup tie against Burton Albion earlier this week. The error gave Burton the lead, only for Boro to eventually win 2-1.

Man in the middle

Mark Heywood: The West Yorkshire official has taken charge of four fixtures so far this season, with Saturday’s his first in the Championship. In those games he has dished out 12 yellow cards. At the end of last season he flashed five red cards in his final six matches of the campaign.
The last time he took charge of a game involving Wednesday was last season’s 1-0 win over Reading , with Stevie May grabbing the goal.

Betting

George Friend

George Friend

Sheffield Wednesday 5/2 Draw 9/4 Middlesbrough 23/20

Worth a punt?

Hard to call this one, but you can get 5/2 for a draw with under 2.5 goals

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