Wednesday may have to settle for a point against classy Boro
New-look Sheffield Wednesday have made a decent start to the campaign under Carlos Carvalhal and will be trying to ensure ‘Fortress Hillsborough’ remains intact after the visit of promotion favourites Middlesbrough.
The Owls’ form at home this season and has been a stark contrast to their miserable efforts in front of home fans last term. Tuesday’s victory over Oxford United in the Capital One Cup was already their third in South Yorkshire this month – only Reading have so far avoided defeat – though some fans are still grumbling that their side isn’t creating enough goalscoring chances.
Despite that, overall, they’ve only lost to early leaders Ipswich and were full value for last week’s draw at Leeds after taking the lead through a spectacular strike from Portuguese forward Marco Matias.
Matias is among a number of new faces at Hillsborough this season but it was an ‘old boy’, Atdhe Nuhui, who scored the winner against Oxford in midweek when Wednesday rested several first-teamers.
Aitor Karanka’s team are always difficult to score against but Wednesday beat them 2-0 at Hillsborough in the spring and will believe they can again shock the Teessiders, who surprisingly lost their unbeaten record at home to Bristol City last weekend but bounced back in midweek in the cup at Burton, though did need extra time.
Summer signings Stewart Downing and David Nugent were both playing prominent roles in the Premier League last season so Boro will be a tough nut to crack and Wednesday may again be without goalkeeper Kieren Westwood and Glenn Loovens.
Both teams are tough to break down and could cancel each other out in this game. The draw is 23/10 in our 3-way bettingAdd to betslip and Under 2.5 goals in our Totals market available at 5/8Add to betslip.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, August 29th at Hillsborough
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