Sunderland welcome rivals Middlesbrough to the Stadium of Light for a huge Tees-Wear derby on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Cats head into this match in brilliant form, having won five of their last six matches and climbed the table.
And it’s the same for Boro who have also bounced back from a terrible start to the season to win their last three.
Tony Mowbray’s side are fourth while Michael Carrick’s men have moved up to 17th, with both teams aiming to end their opponents’ positive run.
Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: talkSPORT coverage
This championship clash will take place on Saturday October 7.
Kick-off at the Stade de la Lumière is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
talkSPORT 2 will have live and exclusive coverage of the game presented by Faye Carruthers.
Comments will come from Adam Bridge and former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo.
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Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: team news
Alex Pritchard has been ruled out until after the international break.
The Sunderland midfielder joins Bradley Dack and Pierre Ekwah on the bench as Aji Alese and Eliezer Mayenda continue their recovery.
Dennis Cirkin, Jay Matete, Corry Evans and Timothy Pembele also remain absent.
As for Middlesbrough, Darragh Lenihan and Jonny Howson will be assessed before the match after suffering illness.
Rav van den Berg is also doubtful after missing Boro’s win against Cardiff last time out.
Lewis O’Brien is, however, expected to be out for two to three months after suffering a serious injury.
Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: what was said?
Middlesbrough boss Carrick praised his opponents ahead of the game.
“They are playing very well, have had a very good start to the season and have a young team,” he said.
“There’s a lot of talent there and Tony has done a wonderful job training them together.”
He continued: “It’s a very good match for us, an exciting game, the type of game you want to get involved in and test yourself.
“The boys will be looking forward to it, the fans will be looking forward to it and let’s hope for a good game and a good performance from us to give us a chance of getting the right result.”
Sunderland vs Middlesbrough: Match Facts
- Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray has lost just two of his 10 league meetings with Middlesbrough since taking charge of the club (W4 D4), winning three of his last four home league matches against them (1 draw).
- Middlesbrough ended a run of eight away league matches without a win with their 3-2 victory over Watford, their last consecutive win coming in February.
- Sunderland have won three of their last four league matches which started at 12:30 p.m. (L1), averaging 2.8 goals in those four matches (11 in total).
- Middlesbrough have lost three of their last five league away games at Sunderland (W1 D1), with their only victory in that sequence coming in the Premier League in August 2016.
- Sunderland are looking to win back-to-back league games against Middlesbrough for the first time since September 2008.
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