FootyMAD's Middlesbrough match preview

Last updated : 30 January 2006 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Sunderland v Middlesbrough fixture

Sunderland are ready to welcome Middlesbrough to Stadium Of Light on Tuesday evening, looking to continue an impressive record. The Black Cats are clearly on top, having won 37 and lost only 10 of the 65 games.

The previous match played between the two at Stadium Of Light was within the last three years, in February 2003, as the visitors ran out cosy 1-3 winners in a Premiership match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2005/2006Sun 25 SepMiddlesbrough0 - 2SunderlandPREM
2002/2003Sat 22 FebSunderland1-3MiddlesbroughPREM
2002/2003Tue 10 SepMiddlesbrough3 - 0SunderlandPREM
2001/2002Tue 29 JanSunderland0 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2001/2002Mon 22 OctMiddlesbrough2 - 0SunderlandPREM
2000/2001Mon 09 AprMiddlesbrough0 - 0SunderlandPREM
2000/2001Sat 09 DecSunderland1 - 0MiddlesbroughPREM

Recent respective form guides

Sunderland's dreadful home form has resulted in just 1 victory and 1 draw from their last six played. Only 4 goals have been registered in this time, with 6 in the wrong end.

The away form of Middlesbrough is pretty dire, attaining just 3 draws from the previous six away games. While the Boro have hit 4 goals, 14 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Sunderland find themselves stuck right at the bottom of the division. Their 22 games have yielded only 9 points. Middlesbrough are hovering perilously just above the relegation zone, with 22 points from 22 matches.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Its been a distinctly poor show from Sunderland at home in recent games, and, though I cannot see a run starting here, I do think the Black Cats will at least gain a draw. No-score draw

Sequence statistics:
Sunderland 4 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 6 .
Middlesbrough Not won in previous 8 away matches.
No win in the 2 most recent games.