Sunderland vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: The Stadium of Light will host the latest Tees-Wear derby as Sunderland welcome Middlesbrough in the Championship this weekend.
Last time: Middlesbrough recorded a 2-0 win over Sunderland when the pair met at the Riverside Stadium in the FA Cup towards the start of last month, with Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite on the scoresheet for the home side.
This time: Sunderland are 63/20 to triumph with Middlesbrough available at 17/16 and the draw at 5/2.
You might remember: These two teams played out a five-goal Premier League thriller at the Stadium of Light in 2008, with Sunderland snatching all three points at the death courtesy of an own goal from Emanuel Pogatetz.
Sunderland's Last Six:
Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4
Sunderland will be without the services of Ashley Fletcher, with the 22-year-old forward on loan at the Stadium of Light from Middlesbrough.
As a result, Callum McManaman could come into the XI. Aiden McGeady is also pushing for a spot in the team as head coach Chris Coleman looks for a winning formula.
Middlesbrough's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns from the team that recorded a 3-1 win over Hull City in the Championship on Tuesday night.
Rudy Gestede grabbed a brace against Hull, and the powerful forward is expected to continue in the final third alongside Patrick Bamford and Adama Traore.
The 149th Tees-Wear derby will take place at the Stadium of Light this weekend when Sunderland host Middlesbrough. It is Sunderland that lead the head-to-head record with 61 wins to Middlesbrough’s 50, but the Black Cats have lost each of their last five matches with their rivals.
Indeed, Middlesbrough have already beaten Sunderland twice this season – once in the FA cup and at the Riverside in the reverse Championship match earlier this term. Middlesbrough’s last success away to Sunderland was a 2-1 victory at the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Sunderland are 63/20 to triumph as Chris Coleman’s side continue their battle to escape the Championship relegation zone. The Black Cats have only won five of their 33 league fixtures this season, and Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers left the team rooted to the bottom of the table. That said, Sunderland are only three points from 21st placed Hull City, and there is no question that the supporters will be fired up for what could be an explosive encounter at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
Middlesbrough are 17/16 as Tony Pulis’ side look to build on their 3-1 win over Hull on Tuesday night. The victory against the Tigers moved them into eighth position in the Championship table, and they are now only two points outside of the play-offs. Boro have been a mixed bag on the road this season, however, managing six wins, three draws and seven defeats from their 16 away fixtures. Pulis’ team have also lost each of their last two away matches in the Championship without finding the back of the net.
The draw is 5/2, but it is worth nothing that these two teams have not shared the points in a league match since January 2009. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, have only drawn three times on the road in the Championship this season. That said, Sunderland have five home draws to their name during the 2017-18 campaign, and with Coleman desperate to avoid another defeat, a nervy stalemate could well occur in this one.
Joel Asoro is 8/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the Sunderland forward can be backed at 15/4 to score at any point during the 90 minutes. Ashley Fletcher’s absence means that the onus will fall on Asoro, who has managed two goals for the Black Cats this season. Sunderland boss Coleman desperately needs at least one of his forward players to find some scoring form at this stage of the campaign.
Rudy Gestede is 23/5 in the first goalscorer market as the Middlesbrough forward looks to build on his double against Hull in the Championship on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old had endured a frustrating time before his brace against the Tigers, but he will be fired up for this one. It is 2/1, meanwhile, that the forward scores at any point during the 90 minutes of action.
Predicted Score: Sunderland 1 - 2 Middlesbrough
Look out for:
Goals. Only Burton Albion have conceded more Championship goals than Sunderland this season, while Middlesbrough have scored five times in their last two league wins. Over 4.5 goals in this match can be backed at 17/2, while over 5.5 goals is available to back as high as 22/1.
Middlesbrough to win 2-1 at 9/1. Sunderland have only won one of their last eight Championship matches, and the visitors will be full of confidence following their victory over Hull on Tuesday night.
It’s a long shot, but:
Sunderland’s last home league win over Middlesbrough was a 2-0 success in September 2008. It is 20/1 that the Black Cats match that score at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.