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Sheffield Wednesday 2 v 1 Middlesbrough
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Tuesday, 29th December 2020 Kick-off 19:45
Middlesbrough preview: Sheffield Wednesday
Tuesday, 29th Dec 2020 12:22 by Phil Spencer

Middlesbrough get their belated festive period underway as they travel to face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

While Boxing Day saw a near-full schedule in the EFL the Teessiders enjoyed a welcome day off after their clash with Rotherham United was called off.

A trip to Hillsborough promised to tee up a reunion with former boss Tony Pulis, however that was ruined by an eleventh-hour sacking by the Owls on Monday night.

That might have ruined the inevitable media narrative surrounding the fixture, but either way, there's still a big three points to play for.

Here's our Bonkers For Boro preview ahead of the trip to South Yorkshire.

Recent results
Sheffield Wednesday last 6 - (DWLLLL)

From most recent - Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Coventry City, Nottingham Forest 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Barnsley, Huddersfield 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday.

Middlesbrough last 6 - (WWWLLW)

From most recent - Birmingham City 1-4 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 1-0 Luton Town, Middlesbrough 3-0 Millwall, Preston North End 3-0 Middlesbrough, Stoke City 1-0 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 2-1 Swansea City.

League standing

Sheffield Wednesday - 21st, won 4, drawn 7, lost 10, scored 12, conceded 22, points 13.

Middlesbrough - 8th, won 9, drawn 6, lost 5, scored 24, conceded 15, points 33.

Last time out

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Middlesbrough (Jacob Murphy; Paddy McNair, Britt Assombalonga), July 22 2020.

Team news

Sheffield Wednesday: Joost van Aken (groin) and Adam Reach (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of the clash, while Julian Börner and Massimo Luongo are also likely to miss out. Jack Marriott and Aden Flint are both unavailable through injury.

Middlesbrough: Grant Hall (Achilles), Jonny Howson (hamstring), Ashley Fletcher (hamstring) miss out, while Marcus Browne could come into contention.

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