Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

This Sunday fixture (12:15) is live on SKYTV and is a Tyne-Wear derby so should be a hotly contested encounter. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Middlesbrough continued their recent upturn in form with a 3-1 victory at Hull in midweek. They spread the goals around with one each for Martin Braithwaite, Britt Assombalonga and a penalty from Grant Leadbitter. Sunderland drew their last game 3-3 at home to Bolton but it was not enough to keep Simon Grayson in a job and he was sacked afterwards. Lewis Grabban grabbed a brace in that tie while Patrick McNair also netted one. Boro won both meetings against the Black Cats last season defeating them 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium and 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. It is part of a general trend that has seen the Wearsiders fail to win any of their last six against the Teesiders in 90 minutes (they did though win one of these six in Extra-Time).

Betting Tips and Predictions

Middlesbrough will be a popular choice but the price looks short enough on a side with just three home victories this season and none in their last three. I would not back the Black Cats although perhaps a caretaker boss can get a reaction although more than likely not given the confidence levels at the side. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals has happened in five of the last six for the visitors and four of the last six in all competitions for the home side so this looks worth a little bit of interest. Jonny Howson has not found the back of the net since his move to the North-East but he was a good scorer at Norwich especially in home games and now he has settled position in the team I like the look of him in the anytime market.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

Jonny Howson to score at any time

Middlesbrough have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

Middlesbrough saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Sunderland

Sunderland saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Sunderland saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Middlesbrough

AVG Goals

2.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Middlesbrough Form Guide

Middlesbrough Team Logo

Middlesbrough

Won

7

Draw

2

Lost

1
W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Hartlepool United Team Logo Hartlepool United

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 4)

D A

04-08-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

07-08-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

11-08-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Notts County Team Logo Notts County

FT 7 - 6

(HT 2 - 2)

W A

18-08-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

24-08-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Rochdale Team Logo Rochdale

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

31-08-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

15-09-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Sunderland Form Guide

Sunderland Team Logo

Sunderland

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

04-08-2018

League 1

Charlton Athletic Team Logo Charlton Athletic

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

11-08-2018

League 1

Luton Town Team Logo Luton Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

16-08-2018

EFL Cup

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

19-08-2018

League 1

Scunthorpe United Team Logo Scunthorpe United

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

22-08-2018

League 1

Gillingham Team Logo Gillingham

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 3)

W A

25-08-2018

League 1

AFC Wimbledon Team Logo AFC Wimbledon

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

01-09-2018

League 1

Oxford United Team Logo Oxford United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

04-09-2018

EFL Trophy Northern Grp. A

Stoke City Academy

FT 4 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

08-09-2018

League 1

Fleetwood Town Team Logo Fleetwood Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

15-09-2018

League 1

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

Middlesbrough Preview

It is now two straight victories for Boro who seem to be finding the right system and shape to operate in under manager Gary Monk. They were eighth going into the weekend and have three of their next four at home. At the Riverside Stadium, it has been a mixed bag with three victories, two draws and two defeats. They have though taken just one point from the last three in front of their own fans and have blanked in three of the previous five. Their defence has been excellent and they are one of three teams tied for the second-best record in the division. Five of their last six in the league have seen a goal netted in the opening 30 minutes.

Middlesbrough Team News

Rudy Gestede (thigh) and Fabio (unknown) are unlikely to play any part in this fixture.

Sunderland Preview

A run of 13 league games without victory for the Black Cats was enough for the board who stepped into sack Simon Grayson. While it is clear that Grayson was not getting his message through to the players I wonder which manager will be able to do so with the club in such a mess. Away from the Stadium of Light, they have been better and taken seven of their ten points losing on just three occasions. They have netted eight times in their last four on their travels but have also shipped 14 in their last on the road. Only Burton have shipped more than Sunderland this season who have conceded 30 goals in 15 matches. Nine of their 15 have gone over 2.5 goals and they are averaging 3.33 goals per fixture.

Sunderland Team News

Ty Browning (groin) and Josh Maja (knee) are rated doubtful.

Middlesbrough Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sunderland Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Darren Randolph 188 98
22 LB Cyrus Christie 188 78
4 CD Daniel Ayala 190 81
6 CD Ben Gibson 185 78
3 RB George Friend 188 83
10 CM Martin Braithwaite 179 77
19 CM Stewart Downing 180 64
16 CDM Jonathan Howson 180 77
7 CDM Grant Leadbitter 177 79
62 CM Marcus Tavernier - -
9 CF Britt Assombalonga 177 76
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Robbin Ruiter 196 78
36 CD Marc Wilson 188 80
16 CD John O'Shea 191 75
3 RB Bryan Oviedo 172 70
2 LB Billy Jones 181 77
4 AM Patrick McNair 183 72
19 RM Aiden McGeady 178 72
6 CM Lee Cattermole 178 76
24 CM Darron Gibson 183 90
17 LM Ibrahim Didier Ndong 179 75
11 CF Lewis Grabban 183 71