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The Tees-Wear derby will be the highlight fixture of the Championship this weekend. This game will kick start action at 12:30 GMT. Both teams have had a string of wins in recent weeks. Sunderland are heading into the game with four wins from the last five matches while Boro have managed four successive wins.
Sunderland vs Middlesbrough H2H: The story so far
- 1 Sunderland vs Middlesbrough H2H: The story so far
- 2 Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Last five H2H matches
- 3 Final Prediction
The matches between Sunderland and Middlesbrough form one of the big rivalries in the north-east of England. Since the first meeting between the two clubs in 1887, the two teams have come up against each other on 150 occasions.
- Sunderland Wins: 62
- Draws: 37
- Middlesbrough Wins: 51
Sunderland have the bragging rights in this fixture with 62 victories compared to the 51 managed by Middlesbrough. A major chunk of these wins for Sunderland have been in the home games while they have been able to get just over 20 wins in the away games. None of the meetings between the two teams have taken place at a neutral venue.
History in the making
Sunderland will be expecting a victory this afternoon with the home team enjoying more success in this fixture when it has been played in the Championship. Even though Premier League meetings between the two clubs are very evenly matched, the last Championship success for an away team in this derby was in 1997-98.
Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Last five H2H matches
England Championship 22/01/23
England Championship 05/09/22
UK Friendlies 27/07/18
England Championship 24/02/18
England FA Cup 06/01/18
Sunderland 2-0 Middlesbrough – January 2023
Sunderland made the most of a Dael Fry card just after the break to pick up a 2-0 victory in the most recent encounter between the two clubs. Ross Stewart and Amad Diallo provided the goals in this game, as Sunderland picked up a first home win over Boro since 2008.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland – September 2022
Middlesbrough made it four successive home wins against Sunderland after a 1-0 success in the game. Riley McGree’s 25th minute goal was enough to separate the two teams on the evening. The victory also extended Boro’s unbeaten streak at home to Sunderland to 4 matches.
Sunderland 3-3 Middlesbrough – February 2018
This ranks as one of the iconic games between the two clubs in recent years. Sunderland took the lead after just 11 minutes but they were reduced to 10 men following Jake Clarke-Salter’s red card.
The numerical advantage was cancelled out by Adama Traore’s red card in the 37th minute. The two teams then began a game of seesaw to take the lead and drop them on numerous occasions. However, the crucial moment came in the 96th minute when Callum McManaman provided the equaliser for the Black Cats.
Middlesbrough 2-0 Sunderland – January 2018
The most recent FA Cup meeting between the two clubs took place at the Riverside Stadium and it was a comfortable win for Boro. Rudy Gestede’s 10 minute goal was added upon by Martin Braithwaite just before the break.
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland – November 2017
Middlesbrough enjoyed yet another success against Sunderland at home to an early goal. Just like a repeat of the Premier League meetings between the two teams back in April 2017, Boro took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes through Marcus Tavernier. This Championship meeting between the two clubs went on to finish as a comfortable success for Boro.
One of the iconic moments of the Tees–Wear derby game in 2018 was when the two teams met each other at the Stadium of Light. The remarkable 3-3 draw which unfolded on the day not only witnessed six goals in total but there was also one red card for each team. Jake Clarke-Salter and Adama Traore were sent off in the space of 13 first-half minutes.
Sunderland have been playing some excellent football of late. The team has been enjoying its football and it has been visible from many of the recent results. They will be quite hard to break at the Stadium of Light. Despite managing four successive wins, Boro will be the underdogs. Michael Carrick’s team, though, can give a close contest.
Prediction: Sunderland 2-1 Middlesbrough
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