Sheffield Wed – Middlesbrough SOCCER PICKS
Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough meet at Hillsborough Stadium, in a match for the 13th round of the Championship. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. But the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 12-23-2017, for the Championship, which ended with the victory of Middlesbrough by (1-2). R. Wallace (30 ‘) scored the goals of the game, for Sheffield Wednesday, and J. Howson (71’) and R. Shotton (83 ‘), for Middlesbrough. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
After 5 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses, the home team is currently in the 6 th position, with 19 points won. In the last match, they have won in an away match against Bristol City by (1-2), after in the previous match they have tied (2-2) at home, against West Bromwich Albion. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. In the last 6 home league matches Sheffield Wednesday has a record of 2 wins and 4 draws, so they have won 10 points out of 18 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 6 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 12 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 5 times and never got the comeback. In the last 8 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
The Sheffield Wednesday comes to this game with a win, 1-2, on the grounds of Bristol City: the two goals were scored by Lucas João. It should be noted that the locals do not lose four consecutive games in the championship. On this day against Middlesbrough, coach Jos Luhukay will have to line up his team in a 3-4-3, benefiting the organization of his block and the fast transitions, especially through the flanks. Striker Lucas João is the best marker of the home team, with 5 goals scored. For this game the coach can count on all his players.
After 6 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, the away team is currently in the 4 th position, with 22 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Ipswich Town, by (0-2). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Nottingham Forest, by (0-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 24 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 25 goals scored and 11 conceded. For the league, Middlesbrough won 9 points out of 18 possible points, after 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 6 matches they played against. Their defense has been very strong, since they only suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches for this competition.
Middlesbrough arrives at this game with a rebuff at home, 0-2, against Nottingham Forest, putting an end to the four games in a row without losing in this competition. In this game away from home, coach Tony Pulis must play in the usual 4-2-3-1, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, however, in some moments of the game should act only in counterattack. Britt Assombalonga is the great highlight of Middlesbrough, with 4 goals scored. There are no absences of weight for this game.