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League Cup

  • 30 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 32535

Sunderland - Middlesbrough Preview: Black Cats face in-form local rivals

Sunderland - Middlesbrough Preview: Black Cats face in-form local rivals

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Tony Mowbray's side make the short trip to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening in the Capital One Cup, and will be hoping to post their fifth consecutive win



Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose
Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner, Johnson, Sessegnon

Parnaby, Hines, Amougou, Friend
Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran, Reach
Miller, McDonald

Martin O'Neill could ring the changes as his side face Middlesbrough in what will be a tough north-east derby on Tuesday evening in the Capital One Cup.

Phil Bardsley is expected to start at right-back, with Craig Gardner reverting to a more familiar role in central midfield. Stephane Sessegnon could return to partner Steven Fletcher.

Visiting manager Tony Mowbray, meanwhile, may be without striker Marvin Emnes, who was substituted early on during Saturday's victory against Bolton.

However, his replacement, Scott McDonald, scored both goals in a subsequent 2-1 victory, meaning he is likely to start against the Mackems.

Jonathan Woodgate missed Saturday's game with a thigh injury and may not be fit to start, meaning Seb Hines may continue in the centre of defence.

  • The last time Sunderland and Middlesbrough met was in the FA Cup earlier in 2012, with the Black Cats winning a replay 2-1 at the Riverside.
  • If he plays, it will be the first time Adam Johnson (pictured right) has faced his former club since he left them to join Manchester City in 2010.
  • Middlesbrough's trip to the Stadium of Light is their 11th consecutive away tie in the League Cup.
  • Sunderland have won just one Premier League game this season, whilst Middlesbrough have won eight - four of those consecutively leading up to this match.
  • Tony Mowbray's men beat League One opposition Preston North End 3-1 in the last round.
  • Sunderland have never won the League Cup but they did make the final in 1985 only to lose out to Norwich City.

Players to watch

A. Johnson

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The winger hasn't perhaps made as big an impact as might have hoped since his arrival at Sunderland, but will be determined to impress against his former club.

S. McDonald

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker scored both goals as Boro overcame Bolton on Saturday and will be relishing the chance to start against Premier League opposition due to Emnes' absence through injury.

Editor's Prediction

Sunderland are currently in poor form with only one win in eight, and their over-reliance on Steven Fletcher is seemingly becoming an issue.

Middlesbrough on the other hand are playing well and, whilst it will doubtless be a tough game, the Championship side might well shade it.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head




Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Middlesbrough FC MID
Middlesbrough FC Middlesbrough

Top 3 Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 1
Middlesbrough FC MID
Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 0
Middlesbrough FC MID
Sunderland AFC SUN
3 - 0
Middlesbrough FC MID