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Match preview: Owls v Boro

19 October 2018

The Owls host Middlesbrough on Friday evening in the Championship (7.45pm) and here is swfc.co.uk’s match preview:

One defeat in nine for the Owls has seen Jos Luhukay’s side climb up into the top six.

Wednesday defeated Bristol City 2-1 at Ashton Gate before the break to move into sixth spot.

The Owls remain unbeaten on home soil this season with two wins and four draws heading into tonight’s fixture.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, sit fourth in the Championship, three points ahead of Wednesday.

Tony Pulis’ side were defeated 2-0 by Nottingham Forest last time out in their first loss on home soil this season.

Team news

Owls: Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher are both fit to play this evening after minor injury concerns following victory over Bristol City.

Ash Baker (Wales U21s), Michael Hector (Jamaica), Josh Onomah (England U21s) and Atdhe Nuhiu (Kosovo) have all returned from international duty in good shape.

Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) is ruled out of the Boro clash.

Boro: Tonight’s visitors have no fresh injury concerns, though Pulis says the ten players from the club who have been away on international duty will be closely monitored.

During Boro’s pre-match press conference on Wednesday, the manager said: “Most of the lads have come back.

“The only one who we haven’t seen is Martin Braithwaite, he came in late afternoon just to have a check and see if everything was all right so we haven’t seen him training yet.

“The George Savilles of this world who have played two games, Paddy McNair, Mo Besic only played the one game so we’re assessing everything.

“Braithwaite was involved in the two games and he’s done quite a bit of travelling. It’s just seeing how they are and taking a view and picking the team from there.”

Tickets:

Tickets for this Category D fixture start from £28 for Adult Owls Members and £5 for Under 11 Members on the Kop.

Follow the game live:

We’ll have exclusive online live match commentary on iFollow with Rob O’Neill and John Pearson behind the mic.

The fixture has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports and overseas broadcast partners and will therefore will not be available on iFollow for international subscribers.

Last five v Middlesbrough

2017/18
Boro 0-0 Owls | 30 Jan 2018 | Championship
Owls 1-2 Boro | 23 Dec 2017 | Championship

2016/17
Boro 3-0 Owls | 8 Jan 2017 | FA Cup  

2015/16
Boro 1-0 Owls | 28 Dec 2015 | Championship
Owls 1-3 Boro | 29 Aug 2015 | Championship (pictured)


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