Boro could move top with victory over Owls

Competition: npower Championship

Venue: Riverside Stadium

Kick-off: Fri 9 Nov, 7:45pm

Middlesbrough could go top of the Championship table with victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday this evening.

Boro have been one of the league's in-form sides since the start of October, picking up 17 points from a possible 21. Tony Mowbray's men go into the match just one point behind league leaders Crystal Palace, but could leapfrog Ian Holloway's team if they take all three points at the Riverside.

Despite his side's recent form, the Middlesbrough boss is remaining cautious going into tonight's game. Speaking ahead of the match, Mowbray said: "I have seen them [Sheff Wed] live this year. They were a threat. They've got some good speed on both sides of the pitch.

"You can see why they did so well last season, and got out of that league [League One], and started this season well."

"For us it's the next game. It's the last game in the block of seven that we looked at three weeks ago, and at this moment we've done pretty well in those games."

Boro defender George Friend sporting the club's poppy shirt for tonight's match Credit: Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough have invited more than 250 members of the Yorkshire Regiment and their families to the match and the North Stand will be named The Yorkshire Regiment Stand for the night.

The club have announced that both teams will wear special commemorative shirts during the match, in honour of those who have died in the service for their country. The tribute comes in the build-up to Armistice Day on Sunday.

Middlesbrough defender George Friend said: "It's something all the Boro players really support.

"Their bravery is humbling. We know there are many Boro fans in the Services and we want to send out a strong message of support to them.

“With many personnel from the Yorkshire Regiment attending tonight’s match, and the North Stand being temporarily renamed in their honour, this is definitely a fitting tribute.”

TEAM NEWS

Middlesbrough have no new injury concerns ahead of tonight's match.

Marvin Emnes, Kevin Thomson and Jonathan Woodgate have all recovered from respective injuries and could feature. However, long-term absentee Rhys Williams continues his rehabilitation from ankle injury. Mustapha Carayol (knee) and Curtis Main (knee) are also out.

MIDDLESBROUGH'S GOLDEN MONTH

  • Nottingham Forest 0-0 Middlesbrough - Tue 6 Nov
  • Charlton 1-4 Middlesbrough - Sat 3 Nov
  • Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton - Sat 27 Oct
  • Middlesbrough 2-0 Hull - Tue 23 Oct
  • Brighton 0-1 Middlesbrough - Sat 20 Oct
  • Watford 1-2 Middlesbrough - Sat 6 Oct
  • Middlesbrough 2-2 Derby - Wed 3 Oct