Sunderland take on the visitors Middlesbrough in the round 2 match of English Premier League. The match takes place at Stadium of Light on Sunday, August 21st.
Sunderland escaped relegation previous season, taking 12 points in last six matches of the season and finishing only two points ahead of the rivals Newcastle. The team lost their manager Sam Allardyce, who took over the national team, and start the season with David Moyes, who would want to restore his reputation after he failed with Manchester United and Real Sociedad. Sunderland started the season with tough away clash against one of the title contenders Manchester City, but the visitors played quite well in the match and conceded decisive second goal only on 89th minute of the match. The Black Cats lost only one of their last seven home games, took three wins and three draws.
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Middlesbrough made their return to elite division after seven-year absence. The club had strengthened the first team with numerous notable signing, showing their intention to stay in Premier League for good. One of newcomers, former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, gained the team their first points on the season in the clash against Stoke, 1-1, on the opening matchday.
Sunderland and Middlesbrough haven’t faced one another for quite a while. None of the teams appears to be favorites of the matchup and we should expect quite even match of two equal opponents with a lot of battling for the ball and small number of chances created.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.