Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough – Championship: Sheffield is fighting,
but it has been difficult for them. The chances still exist, but they will need to present a lot more.
Sheffield is 4 points away from the top 6, but they only have 1 victory on their last 6 matches. At least, this match is against the team they want to catch. A win here would put Sheffield back in the fight for promotion.
If they haven’t been winning, they have been staying competitive. They have only lost 1 of their last 6 matches played. However, the bad news is that their only loss happened precisely on the last round.
As visitors, they lost 3-2 to Barnsley. That result has turned their positive streak into 4 winless matches.
At home, is where they still have some hope. Needing to be at their best level, counting with the support from their fans, Sheffield will play to definitely join the fight for a spot in the promotion play-offs.
The manager Chris Wilder will still be unable to count with their starting goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, who is still suspended.
Living on the edge, Middlesbrough is having to play their part, with no margin for errors.
The desire of a lot of clubs for their position on the league table forces Boro to be almost perfect to be able to stay on the top 6. With only 1 loss on their last 6 matches, they have been managing to do it.
Their last match, with the victory over Nottingham Forest by 2-0 was the one that gave the most confidence to those that are fighting with them.
It was the first time that they were at a real threat of losing their spot in the top 6 and they’ve responded by keeping their first clean sheet in 5 matches on the defensive end.
As visitors, knowing that their opponent also can’t make any mistakes, Boro is hoping to once again have the right tactical approach to dream about staying at that top 6.
The manager Tony Pulis will repeat the starting line-up that won convincingly on the previous round against Nottingham Forest.
Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This bet sounds very risky. The hosts’ moment of form is doubtful, and the last round was very painful for them.
However, they have been having their stadium as their safe haven, that has been allowing them to maintain their hopes alive. The visitors have been maintaining themselves in the top 6 on a very dedicated fashion.
Maybe the draw is also insufficient for them here. With more breathing space to play by facing an opponent that needs all 3 points ahead of them, going all-in with everything they have, Sheffield has a slight advantage here, but the match should be very tight.