Preview: Lads make short trip to Boro

Sunderland prepare for an all-North East showdown on Monday night, as they make the short trip to Teesside to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium (KO 8pm).


The Wear-Tees contest sees Head Coach Tony Mowbray return to the territory where he is widely regarded as one of the host club’s favourite sons.


Team news


There are expected to be no further fitness concerns ahead of Monday’s trip to face Chris Wilder’s side.


Dan Ballard continues his rehabilitation from a fractured foot, whilst Leon Dajaku remains a doubt.


Jack Clarke is expected to be fine despite his precautionary withdrawal with a calf knock late on in Wednesday’s win over Rotherham United.


New recruits Jewison Bennette, Edouard Michut, Abdoullah Ba and Amad are all in full training and may be considered.




Neither Sunderland nor Mowbray are any kind of stranger to Middlesbrough, who at just 23 miles away offer comfortably the Black Cats’ shortest away journey in the league this season.


A stalwart of Boro for much of the 1980s, Saltburn-born former central defender Mowbray racked up a gargantuan 424 senior appearances for his local club, and later managed a further 153 matches.


The Teessiders are now under the stewardship of Chris Wilder, who previously rocketed Sheffield United to successive promotions before a top-half finish in their debut Premier League season. Finishing seventh in the Championship table last term, this is now the club’s sixth straight season at this level – as of Friday, they currently sit 20th in the division, having won just one of their seven league matches so far.


Monday’s meeting will be the 140th competitive battle between the two clubs, of which the Lads have so far won 61 to Boro’s 50. The last showdown between the two clubs came in the Championship in February 2018, the sides playing out a 3-3 draw at the Stadium of Light.


Around the grounds


Written ahead of the weekend’s Championship fixtures, September begins with the following schedule:




West Brom vs Burnley




Norwich vs Coventry

Millwall vs Cardiff

Swansea vs QPR

Rotherham vs Watford

Preston vs Birmingham

Luton vs Wigan

Blackburn vs Bristol City




Reading vs Stoke

Huddersfield vs Blackpool

Hull vs Sheffield United




Middlesbrough vs SAFC


Tickets & coverage


Tickets for Monday’s trip to Middlesbrough are now sold out to away supporters.


This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm. Consequently, SAFSee streaming will be unavailable.


Social media coverage will be active as usual on the club’s official pages on Twitter @SunderlandAFC, and Instagram @sunderlandafcofficial.

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