Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Preview and Prediction

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Sunderland vs Middlesbrough
2016/17 English Premier League.
Date: Sunday, 21 August, 2016,
Kick-off: 13:30 UK.
Venue: Stadium of Light (Sunderland).

It is the return of the Tine Wear Derby when Sunderland take on new boys Middlesbrough at the Stadium of light on Sunday afternoon.

Sunderland narrowly lost to Guardiola’s side last saturday as they lost 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium, In the ending part of the game. David Moyes’ side went a goal down just five minutes into the game, Aguero did well to convert from the spot.

David Moyes’ side kept on with the fight which later paid off as Jermain Defoe scored to pull them level. However, new signing Paddy McNair put the ball through his own net, with just few minutes to go. Moyes hopes to get his first win as Sunderland Manager.

Middlesbrough were among the surprise of the opening day, scoring just 10 minutes into the game. New arrival Alvaro Negredo did well to head the ball into the net to gift his side the lead. Later Xherdan Shaqiri’s powerful free-kick pulled Stoke City level, ending the game with a point to each side.

Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Head to Head

In the last 105 games played between these two teams, the black cats have won 48 times while Boro have won 31 games. The black cats are unbeaten in 6 of their last 7 games against Boro, losing only their last game which was a League cup in 2012.

At home, Sunderland have won 29 games and lost 11, the black cats are unbeaten in 3 of their last 4 games.

Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Prediction

Both teams performed excellently in their opening games, but they were not lucky enough to grab a win. Sunderland lost but not with shame, while Boro fought hard to earn a point.

I’m predicting a win for David Moyes’ side as they are favourites in this game.

Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips

1. Sunderland win
2. Over 1.5 goal for Sunderland