Middlesbrough vs Sunderland: Boro to continue Black Cats hoodoo

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland: Boro to continue Black Cats hoodoo

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Odds: Middlesbrough 3/4, Draw 13/5, Sunderland 18/5

Kick Off: 1300, 06/01/2018

Stadium: Riverside

Tony Pulis secured his first win as Middlesbrough boss on New Year’s Day and can further endear himself to the club’s supporters by beating Sunderland in the FA Cup.

Boro have already edged out their local rivals 1-0 at the Riverside in the Championship this term and came out on top in both Premier League encounters last season.

All of those were tight tussles and we’re on the hosts to oblige by a one-goal margin once again at 5/2 in our Middlesbrough vs Sunderland betting predictions.

A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds

Having succeeded Garry Monk last month, Pulis started out with a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa but kick-started his reign via a 3-2 away triumph that ended Preston’s nine-match unbeaten run.

That victory pushed Boro up to eighth in the Championship table, 19 points ahead of second-from-bottom Sunderland.

After recovering from being 2-1 down at the break at Deepdale, Pulis said: “We showed a lot of character in the second half, which was very encouraging.”

Pulis is more associated with grinding out wins than shading five-goal thrillers, though, so we like 21/4 for a 1-0 success this time for our Middlesbrough vs Sunderland betting tips.

A Look At Sunderland’s Betting Odds

Chris Coleman has a much bigger job on his hands at Sunderland after Monday’s 1-0 home loss to Barnsley saw them slip back into the relegation zone.

The former Wales boss had previously steered the Black Cats to three wins in seven matches, but admitted: “It’s a tough one to swallow.

“Even worse was the nature of the defeat, we looked nervous again. We got zero and deserved zero.”

Coleman must also contend with a fresh injury to Darron Gibson, who joined former Manchester United teammate Paddy McNair on the treatment table.

With only one goal scored in three matches by the visitors, 7/4 for a home win to nil stands out from the Middlesbrough vs Sunderland odds.

Additional stats

Last result:

Preston 2-3 MIDDLESBROUGH – Daniel Ayala (2), Jonathan Howson

SUNDERLAND 0-1 Barnsley

Head-to-head: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland, Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland, Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough

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Best bets for Middlesbrough vs Sunderland

Middlesbrough to win by one-goal margin @ 5/2

Middlesbrough to win 1-0 @ 21/4

Middlesbrough to win to nil @ 7/4