Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday
FA Cup – Third Round.
Date: Sunday, 8th January, 2016
Kick off at 15:00 UK Time
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough will be the favourites to win this FA Cup third round tie but only because they are the Premier league team. Boro have not been in good form in the league and are currently in 16th position. From their last 30 points available they have won just 9, and have won just one game in their past five matches. They haven’t tasted victory since December 17th.
Sheffield Wednesday come into this cup game with a lot of confidence and could well relish this trip to the Riverside. Here we have a team unbeaten in their last five games and who are in 6th position, good enough right now for an end of season play-off place. However, they are coming on the back of consecutive draws, the latest a goal-less one at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday: Head to Head Stats
These two teams last played last December where in this fixture the home side won 1-0. Middlesbrough has won the last two games but before then this was a fixture dominated by Sheffield Wednesday where they went 3 years unbeaten. Sheffield have only won at the Riverside Stadium once in the past 25 years with a 3-2 victory in a league match in 2014. The last time the clubs played an FA Cup with Boro at home was in 1912 where that match ended 0-0.
Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday: Prediction
This has all the elements of being a traditional English cup fixture with football that should be played end to end. There are no dominant goal scorers for the club, and whilst Boro will be favourites they will have to work hard for victory.
Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday: Betting Tips
A draw at half time at 11/10 (2.10)
Over 1.5 match goals at 4/9 (1.44).