Tony Mowbray is once again proving to be an astute manager after taking West Brom into the top flight a few seasons ago and Boro are making a mockery of pre-season 25/1 quotes to win the league, having gathered 29 points from 15 games.
Middlesbrough have a chance to go top of the league on Friday night and they are heavy favourites at 10/11 (bet365 £200 free bets) to beat a Wednesday side loitering at the other end of the table after a difficult start to life back in the Championship.
The Owls sit just above the drop zone after winning four of their first fifteen matches, although they have collected recent wins against Ipswich and Peterborough before losing at home to Blackpool on Tuesday.
Dave Jones’ side have some difficult fixtures over the next few weeks although they are 16/5 (Betfred bookmaker) to win the match and they did claim a 3-0 victory at Portman Road in their last venture away. Perhaps Wednesday don’t feel as much pressure away from the home supporters at Hillsborough.
Scott McDonald is the man in form for Boro at the moment, with the Australian having scored four goals in his last four matches including a winner at Sunderland in the League Cup and he looks to be the best bet for first goalscorer at 5/1 in the absence of Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Middlesbrough tend to win their home games by a 2-0 or 2-1 scoreline and it could be worth backing both of these outcomes at 19/2 and 8/1 respectively. Wednesday tend to concede in their matches and they might find their Teeside opponents too hot to handle after a run of form which has taken them into the automatic promotion zones.