Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough

Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough predictions and match preview

Promotion specialist Pulis will be looking to bounce back after Boro suffered their second league defeat of the season just under a fortnight ago, but they face stern opposition in the form of Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager will be hoping his side can replicate their achievements last term and cement a position in the top six, though he will be aiming to secure automatic promotion this time around.

Meanwhile, after a tentative start to the season – which included no wins in their opening three league matches – the Owls have steadied the ship under Dutch coach Jos Luhukay, and are now looking like real contenders for a play-off spot come the end of the season.

Luhukay will pit his wits against one of the Football League’s most tactically disciplined and experienced coaches in Pulis, but his side have shown real verve in recent weeks and the ex-Stuttgart boss will fancy his chances.

Last campaign, Sheffield Wednesday failed to beat Middlesbrough, losing 2-1 on home turf, and drawing 0-0 during Luhukay’s third match in charge of the club at the Riverside Stadium.

Leeds United’s unbeaten run in the league has ended and Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be wanting three points to maintain their position at the top of the table when they play Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

The Whites suffered their first loss of the season against Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-1 at Elland Road.  However, the defeat didn’t affect their position in the table as they currently boast a plus-four goal difference over second-placed Middlesbrough.

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