There is a bottom-of-the-table clash in the Championship on Tuesday evening as Sheffield Wednesday host Middlesbrough, with both sides having only picked up a single point from their first six games. We take a look at the best markets on offer in this second tier contest.
Sheffield Wednesday were without Will Vaulks, Bambo Diaby and Barry Bannan in their defeat to Ipswich Town at the weekend, but it is hoped Bannan could make a return to the squad for the visit of Middlesbrough. Dominic Iorfa was forced off against the Tractor Boys with a knock sustained in the first half so the defender is considered a doubt for Tuesday night.
Alex Bangura, Anfernee Dijksteel and Matt Clarke are the three major absentees for Middlesbrough, while it is hoped that Lukas Engel and Tommy Smith could be fit in time to make the squad.
Under 1.5 goals at 9/4
Both these sides have had very poor starts to the season. The turmoil that emerged from Sheffield Wednesday following the surprising departure of former boss Darren Moore in the summer has carried on into the new campaign with his successor, Xisco Munoz, only managing one point from his first six matches.
Middlesbrough have also only mustered a point thus far, which is very surprising for last year’s play-off semi-finalists. Michael Carrick’s stock was rising at an exponential rate in his first post last season but his side are really struggling without last year’s key figures, and it appears as though the magic might be wearing off.
Heading into this fixture both sides have each only scored four goals this term, the joint-lowest in the division alongside Millwall. Chances have been few and far between for these two sides as the first portion of the season has been a real struggle. And it is really difficult to see many goals being scored in this game in the form that both are currently in.
Both teams to score (No) at EVS
Both sides have experienced three games of their six played in the Championship so far in which they have failed to find the back of the net, which isn’t surprising given they are the lowest scorers in the division. They haven’t been creative enough in the final third and it seems like this will continue into Tuesday’s meeting.
The two teams saw a heavy influx of players join them in the summer, which could simply mean that they are still waiting for their squads to gel before we see them at their best, but it doesn’t seem like this will happen any time soon.
This match is set up to be a very cagey affair and having already mentioned that it doesn’t feel like there will be many goals in the game, it seems as though only one of the two sides could get on the scoresheet. With home advantage, Sheffield Wednesday would likely be the side to find the back of the net in this one. But even that is hard to see right now. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if this was to finish in a goalless stalemate.