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Tight game expected between Boro and the Owls
Saturday, 07 January 2017 23:52
Tight game expected between Boro and the Owls

Middlesbrough’s main priority is Premier League survival this season. However, this weekend the north east side’s attention is turned to the FA Cup third round as Aitor Karanka’s side host Championship Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro boss Karanka has called for his side to show more of an attacking threat. The side from the north east are the joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League alongside bottom club Hull City, which illustrates their struggles in front of goal this season.

Karanka’s team have been strong in defence, though, just like they were last season. The home side have not been in great form of late, winning just one of their last six games. They have had extremely mixed fortunes on home soil, with three wins, two defeats and one draw in their last six games on home soil.

The Premier League side have kept clean sheets in three of their last four home games, illustrating their solid defensive record of late. The home side face a potential banana skin in a game against Championship Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls are unbeaten in five games and are sixth in the Championship table. Carlos Carvahal’s side have drawn their last two games. A big feature of the Owls play of late has been their defensive record. The Yorkshire side have kept four clean sheets in their last five games.

Wednesday’s recent games have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last five games. Their away games have been low-scoring of late as well, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five outings.

The statistics point to a very low-scoring clash in this one. Forebet predicts that the home side will edge this clash, which would be a good result for Boro, as Sheffield Wednesday offer a real threat to their presence in the competition.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Chelsea FC 52 21 17 1 3 45 15 30
2. Tottenham 45 21 13 6 2 43 14 29
3. Liverpool FC 45 21 13 6 2 49 24 25
4. Arsenal 44 21 13 5 3 48 22 26
5. Manchester City 42 21 13 3 5 41 26 15
6. Manchester United 40 21 11 7 3 32 20 12
7. Everton FC 33 21 9 6 6 32 23 9
8. West Bromwich 29 21 8 5 8 28 28 0
9. Stoke City 27 21 7 6 8 27 33 -6
10. Burnley FC 26 21 8 2 11 23 31 -8
11. Bournemouth 25 21 7 4 10 30 37 -7
12. West Ham 25 21 7 4 10 26 35 -9
13. Southampton 24 21 6 6 9 19 26 -7
14. Watford FC 23 21 6 5 10 23 36 -13
15. Leicester City 21 21 5 6 10 24 34 -10
16. Middlesbrough 20 21 4 8 9 17 22 -5
17. Crystal Palace 16 21 4 4 13 30 40 -10
18. Hull City 16 21 4 4 13 20 45 -25
19. Sunderland 15 21 4 3 14 20 40 -20
20. Swansea City 15 21 4 3 14 23 49 -26

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