Sunderland VS Middlesbrough – Match Preview

Around 45,000 people will be backing the lads as they take on The Boro at the Stadium of Light for the first time since 2018.

The Black Cats will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat against Swansea last week, no thanks to the referee.

Back in September, Sunderland narrowly lost out to Middlesbrough after a disappointing performance, and Middlesbrough came out 1-0 winners thanks to Riley McGree.

Ross Stewart injured himself in the warm-up to that game, which seemed to rattle The Black Cats.

Back in 2018, Callum McManaman scored a last minute equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 encounter between the 2 sides.

Sunderland have failed to win in their last 7 games against Middlesbrough, the last coming in the F.A Cup Replay at The Roverside back in 2012, 11 years ago.

Sunderland manager, Tony Mowbray is a Boro legend, playing over 400 games for the side and managing them between 2010 and 2013, but he will be forgetting that for the time being as Sunderland look to close the gap on the play-offs.

After yesterday’s results, Sunderland dropped to 12th in the league, just 4 points off the play-offs and with a win they could move up to 9th.

Middlesbrough are in 5th. And will move up to 3rd if they come out victorious.

Luke O’Nien will miss out through suspension and Alex Pritchard, Dennis Cirkin and Aji Alese are all doubtful.

Prediction

Sunderland 2-0 Middlesbrough.

Scorers – Ross Stewart x2.

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