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Sheffield United v Middlesbrough - Match Preview
12 February 2019, 11:51
Sheffield United v Middlesbrough - Match Preview

Sheffield United threw away a three-goal lead away at Aston Villa on Friday night and they could well be still kicking themselves as they missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Championship, instead of having to settle for a single point.

The hosts are therefore likely to be fired up for this Wednesday night clash against fellow play-off hopefuls, Middlesbrough at Bramall Lane with Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, probably not needing to motivate his players too much as they’ll no doubt be keen atone for their Friday night disappointment.

Nevertheless, Sheffield United have lost just once in their last nine matches overall in the Championship which was a 1-0 defeat away at Swansea City, but recent wins against QPR and Bolton Wanderers as well as a useful point picked up in a 2-2 draw away at the league leaders, Norwich City, have kept The Blades in the hunt for possible automatic promotion.

With a superior goal difference of +3, United again have the opportunity to replace Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United into second spot behind Norwich if they take all three points here, but it won’t be an easy task as Middlesbrough have been in solid form recently under manager Tony Pulis.

Forwards Sharp (22 goals) and McGoldrick (11 goals) are the host’s main goal threats.

Middlesbrough have had a tough set of fixtures recently as they’ve faced Derby County, Birmingham City, West Brom and Leeds United over the course of their last five matches and another tough match beckons in Yorkshire when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night.

Boro have remained unbeaten throughout though as they’ve picked up wins in the west midlands with victories at Birmingham and West Brom as part of a useful six-match unbeaten run.

The visitors have actually picked up more points on their travels than at the Riverside Stadium so far this season, so a trip to Sheffield United probably won’t faze them especially having beaten West Brom at The Hawthorns recently.

Middlesbrough have lost just twice away from home all season and they’re also unbeaten in their last four on the road with wins at Reading as well as the two aforementioned west midlands clubs, while also picking up a point at Derby County.

Only Norwich City (7) have drawn more away matches in the top six than Middlesbrough (6), and with this being a top six clash, the prospect of another draw looks fairly reasonable.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Norwich City 63 33 18 9 6 65 42 23
2. Sheffield United 61 33 18 7 8 58 34 24
3. Leeds United 61 32 18 7 7 53 36 17
4. West Bromwich 60 33 17 9 7 67 42 25
5. Middlesbrough 54 32 14 12 6 36 24 12
6. Bristol City 53 31 15 8 8 40 30 10
7. Derby County 51 32 14 9 9 43 37 6
8. Nottingham Forest 47 33 11 14 8 46 38 8
9. Birmingham City 46 32 11 13 8 49 40 9
10. Aston Villa 44 33 10 14 9 56 52 4
11. Preston North End 44 33 11 11 11 50 47 3
12. Hull City 44 32 12 8 12 45 42 3
13. Swansea City 44 32 12 8 12 42 39 3
14. Blackburn Rovers 43 33 11 10 12 43 50 -7
15. Sheffield Wednesday 41 32 10 11 11 36 47 -11
16. Brentford 40 31 10 10 11 50 43 7
17. Stoke City 40 33 9 13 11 34 41 -7
18. QPR 39 32 11 6 15 41 50 -9
19. Millwall 34 32 8 10 14 35 45 -10
20. Wigan Athletic 34 32 9 7 16 32 46 -14
21. Reading 29 33 6 11 16 34 49 -15
22. Rotherham 29 33 5 14 14 33 53 -20
23. Bolton Wanderers 26 33 6 8 19 21 51 -30
24. Ipswich Town 20 33 3 11 19 25 56 -31

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