This Sunday lunch time sees this season’s first Tees-Wear derby as Sunderland travel to The Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough.
Sunderland go into this game without a manager after they sacked manager Simon Grayson, who lost his job on Tuesday after a 3-3 draw against bottom side Bolton Wanderers.
The Black Cats find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table after the 3pm Saturday kick offs which saw Bolton rise above them, Boro on the other hand are 10th in the league but only two points off the play-offs.
If Middlesbrough pick up a win tomorrow they will rise as high as 5th place in the league, leapfrogging a number of teams including Leeds, Aston Villa and Derby.
After a very average start to the season Garry Monk’s side have managed to win two games on the bounce and they’ll be hoping to make it three out of three going into the international break.
Last time out
Middlesbrough won ‘the battle for 19th place’ as they defeated Sunderland 1-0 at The Riverside Stadium.
Dutch international midfielder Marten de Roon got the only goal of the game with just 8 minutes played on the clock, both teams had very few chances in what can only be described as a dull game of football.
Britt Assombalonga has been in fine form for Boro this season and he’ll be hoping to improve on his record of eight goals in 15 games.
Sunderland’s James Vaughan on the other hand only has one goal and one assist to his name in 15 games.
Unfortunately for Sunderland I can only see one winner here.
Boro go into this game in good form whereas Sunderland are in a rout and at this rate seem to be heading towards League One instead of an instant return to the Premier League.
Prediction: Middlesbrough 3-0 Sunderland
Result: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland
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By Jake Self