Sheffield and Middlesbrough battle it out in their first game of the new year with both sides eager to make a fresh start
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Sheffield v Middlesbrough Match preview
Paul Heckingbottom has done a great job since his appointment in late November. The Blades have won all three games in the league since then and the latest win over Fulham showed just how far this team has come. They might look well off the pace when it comes to Premier League promotion, but with a three game advantage over their opponents, United should be in a great state of mind.
Chris Wilder returns to play against a club that he helped achieve promotion to the Premier League a few years back. Under him, Boro have not scored a lot of goals but their ability to defend well is the reason why they’re in fifth place and also have an outside chance of automatic promotion.
Sheffield v Middlesbrough Team News
Ben Davies is set to return to the fore while David McGoldrick and Oli McBurnie have also returned.
Johnny Howson missed the trip to Blackpool and will have to pass a medical before being named in the Boro squad.
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Foderingham; Basham, Egan, Davies; Bogle, Norwood, Hourihane, Stevens; McGoldrick, N’Diaye; Sharp
Middlesbrough possible starting lineup:
Lumley; Dijksteel, Bamba, Fry; Jones, Crooks, McNair, Tavernier, Taylor; Watmore, Sporar
Sheffield v Middlesbrough Betting Odds
Over 2.5: 6/5
Under 2.5: 13/7
Sheffield v Middlesbrough Match Prediction
Both teams seem to be evenly matched for this encounter and no one would want to start off 2022 with a defeat. A draw could be on the cards.
Predicted Final Score: Sheffield 1-1 Boro
Best Bet: Draw at 23/10
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