Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
English Championship, Friday, October 19. Kick-off 7.45pm. Live on Sky Sports.
TWO early-season promotion candidates clash at Hillsborough as Championship football returns after the international break.
Wednesday sit in 6th place in the league while Boro are two places higher in 4th. Wednesday have yet to taste defeat at home after 6 games of which 4 have been drawn and converting these draws into wins has been their problem this season.
Boro, despite losing 2-0 to Nottingham Forest last time out, still boast the best defence in the league having only conceded 6 goals in 12 outings and keeping 8 clean sheets.
Boro manager Tony Pulis is an expert at setting up his defence to give very little away and tonight will be no exception. Sheffield Wednesday's games this season have averaged over 3 goals per game while Boro are averaging under 2 goals a game.
I can see a cagey encounter between these two sides who would probably settle for a point at the end. On the H2H front Middlesbrough have won 4 and drawn 1 of the last five meetings and I feel they won't lose at Hillsborough.