Middlesbrough will take on Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium in the Championship.
"It's tough to be the top dog and to keep on winning. It's a big burden to carry. Plus, Boro had their game cancelled on Boxing Day, which I don't think actually helps them.”
Middlesbrough are second in the Championship table at the moment with 46 points from 22 matches.
Aitor Karanka’s side are just a point behind leaders Derby County and also have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, Wednesday currently find themselves seventh in the standings with 36 points from 23 matches. The Owls are only a point behind sixth-placed Ipswich Town and are pushing for the playoffs.
Carlos Carvalhal’s side will head into the encounter against Middlesbrough on the back of a 3-0 victory over Birmingham City at the Hillsborough Stadium.
Wednesday’s only win in nine at Middlesbrough came in this exact fixture last season, edging it 3-2.
Meanwhile, Boro ended a run of five without victory against the Owls by defeating them 3-1 in August.