PREVIEW | Middlesbrough -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW | Middlesbrough -v- Wednesday

Why is Middlesbrough away always this time of year?

My personal fondest memory of this fixture is watching Stuani fly past Rhoys Wiggins and slam it home about 20 seconds into the game, where we proceeded to be garbage for 90 minutes and lose 1-0.

Hopefully fortunes will be better this time around!

Steve Bruce still looks extremely likely to be appointed at permanent manager on the 1st January, which has gone down mostly well with Wednesdayites.

Maybe he’s just what we need.

 

Owls Team News

Bullen will still be in charge so it’s unlikely to be vastly different to the Preston lineup.

Hutchinson, Westwood, Jones, Abdi and Boyd are obviously all back in contention, but I’d be surprised if too many of them started.

Barry Bannan returns from suspension which is a big boost to the Owls.

There’s nobody back from injury, as there never is.

 

The Opponent’s Camp

Tony Pulis has been in charge for a year now, having replaced Garry Monk around the same time we sacked Carlos Carvalhal.

They’ve improved their fortunes massively since then, and being sat in 4th means they’re likely to finish the season in the playoffs.

Automatics seems a little out of reach given the steamrolling consistency of Norwich and Leeds, but you never know.

It’ll be a tough test this.

 

Last Five Games

Wednesday

Wednesday 1 – 0 Bolton

Blackburn 4 – 2 Wednesday

Wednesday 2 – 2 Rotherham

Swansea 2 – 1 Wednesday

Wednesday 1 – 0 Preston

Boro

Boro 0 – 3 Villa

Boro 1 – 1 Blackburn

QPR 2 – 1 Boro

Boro 0 – 1 Burton

Reading 0 – 1 Boro

 

Head to Head

Wednesday wins: 46

Draws: 18

Boro wins: 46

 

Predicted Lineup

GK: Kieran Westwood

RB: Liam Palmer

CB: Tom Lees (C)

CB: Michael Hector

LB: Morgan Fox

CM: Sam Hutchinson

CM: Barry Bannan

RM: Marco Matias

CAM: Adam Reach

LM: Lucas Joao

ST: Atdhe Nuhiu

 

Matt’s prediction – Easy for Boro

We all remember Bullen’s second game last year.

Boro are a quality side and should take us to pieces.

2-0.

Scoreboard

Matt 11 – 8 Real Life

 

Matt

Owls Alive

Email: owlsalive@gmail.com

Twitter: @OwlsAlive and @MattRFez

Images: swfc.co.uk unless stated otherwise. 


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