Boro boss Tony Mowbray is clearly doing a fine job and can take his side top of the Championship with a win at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening.
Middlesbrough have won five of their seven home games so far this season and are 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power to pick up another victory at the Riverside Stadium.
It’s unlikely the Owls would have been such strong favourites in the early days of the campaign after Dave Jones had guided them to four wins and a draw from five games following promotion.
But six defeats on the bounce and a 10-game winless streak saw Wednesday come back down to earth with a bump.
Wins over Ipswich and Peterborough have raised spirits somewhat and lifted the Owls out of the drop zone. They are 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power to stun Boro here. The draw is available at 12/5 (3.40).
In the goalscorer markets, on-loan Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has played a part in that upturn in fortunes for the visitors with three goals in three games including the opener in both aforementioned victories.
Barkley is 12/1 (13.00) with Paddy Power to score first in this one. For Middlesbrough, Scott McDonald has scored four goals in his last four games and is at 4/1 (5.00) to net first.
But the pick of the bets is simply to back Boro to send their fans home happy with a win.
The Owls' triumph at Ipswich came against a side that were in the process of going 12 without a win, while Peterborough lost eight on the spin earlier this season.
Middlesbrough are in a different class to those opponents and Wednesday have shown little since August to suggest they can cope. Back Boro at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power.
For the value bet, consider the fact that the visitors’ renewed confidence might inspire them to keep it close and tip a 2-1 home win at 13/2 (7.50) - five of Boro’s wins have come by that scoreline already this season.
|Boro to win at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
||Boro to win 2-1 at 13/2 (7.50) with Paddy Power|
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