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EFL pundit predicts the outcome of Middlesbrough’s trip to Sheffield United

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A full complement of midweek Championship action is scheduled over the next two days, with one of the fixtures being Sheffield United’s Wednesday evening meeting with Middlesbrough.

The two are chasing promotion with the Blades in the prime position in third aiming for an automatic promotion place.

Chris Wilder’s men blew a three-goal lead late on against Aston Villa last weekend, and he will be hoping his side learn from that and see out a game having dropped two precious points.

United have lost just once in their last six, winning three times, and head into a home clash with Middlesbrough looking to close the gap on the top two, with an eye on moving back into the automatic places.

Tony Pulis, meanwhile, will be venting after his side’s inability to see out a win last time out having given up a 101st-minute equaliser to Leeds last weekend.

It was only the tenth goal conceded at the Riverside all season, and they will be hoping they let in no goals tomorrow evening as they too look to gain three points to move closer to the top of the division and consolidate their place in the play-offs even more.

Ahead of the midweek round of matches, Sky Sports offered David Prutton the chance once more to predict the outcome of this particular fixture.

The EFL presenter said: “Once you get to the 90th minute of a game, you presume that a 1-0 lead will be enough.

“But when 12 minutes of added time was shown in Middlesbrough’s game with Leeds last Saturday, it gave the opposition impetus, and Kalvin Phillips scored a late equaliser.

“The same could be said for United. I don’t think Chris Wilder will have necessarily read them the riot act, but he’ll have been animated and honest in his appraisal of what he saw from his side against Villa.

“To be 3-0 up after 82 minutes and then to draw 3-3, I think Billy Sharp’s face on the bench said it all. I sense there will be a reaction at Bramall Lane, which is a great place to play football when it’s bouncing, 2-1.”

The Verdict

The Blades will have a point to prove after last weekend’s spectacular collapse away at Aston Villa.

Middlesbrough, too, also suffered a late set-back to be denied all three points at home to Leeds.

Sheffield United return to Bramall Lane, where they have been in imperious form this year.

But Boro’s away form has been impressive as of late, too.

It’s a hard one to call – so I will merely suggest a draw will be the likeliest outcome.

Thoughts? Let us know! 

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