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Middlesbrough - Sunderland PredictionsFree Daily Soccer Unibet Predictions for Today, September 5, 2022.
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EVENT: Middlesbrough – Sunderland
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Middlesbrough – Sunderland Predictions and PREVIEW

  • It was heartbreak for Middlesbrough during midweek as they fell to another narrow defeat when losing 2-1 at Watford. Boss Chris Wilder said that it was “meant to be” for the Hornets as they celebrated 100 years at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night, but that didn’t help Boro’s supposed promotion push as they’ve now won just one of their opening seven league matches (D3, L3).
  • Luckily for Wilder and his team the matches come thick and fast with nothing better than local pride at stake to focus the mind, as Sunderland roll into town in what will be the 150th Tees-Wear Derby (MID: W50, D38, L61). This is Middlesbrough’s main rivalry and while the ferocity is not quite at the levels of the Tyne-Wear derby for the visitors, the Boro can take confidence from their current six-game unbeaten run in H2Hs (W5, D1).
  • There’s a bit of extra spice added to this encounter as new Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray is a proud Teessider. Having made 348 appearances for Boro in defence, Mowbray joked that his Boro season-ticket holding son wasn’t too happy about the appointment, but his self-proclaimed “love football and the North East teams” was the major factor in his quick return to management.
  • Also receiving a mixed reaction from fans on news of his appointment due to his Boro connections, Mowbray got off to the perfect start with a convincing 3-0 win over Rotherham on Wednesday to leave them on 11 points this season. Whilst the understated coach won’t worry too much about personal ratings, he knows that keeping pace with the play-off places in hope of ending their six-season exile from the top-flight, will keep fans onside. The Black Cats will now look to notch a third win in the opening four away games of a league campaign for the first time since 1963/64 – a season which saw them promoted to the top-flight!
  • Players to watch: Rodrigo Muniz showed he is an aerial threat with his headed first goal for Middlesbrough against Watford, and has scored a header on three of his last four scoring appearances. As for Sunderland, Ross Stewart contributed to all three goals in their 3-0 rout of Rotherham last time out (G2, A1). He’s netted first in his last three scoring appearances.
  • Hot stat: Mowbray is unbeaten in ten of his 12 personal H2Hs with Boro (W5, D5) but lost four of his five against Wilder-managed sides (W1).