Our match prediction:
Stadium of Light will host the match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough. The Black Cats were more than unfortunate not to pick up one point from their opener against star-studded Manchester City as they scored a late own goal in the 2-1 loss to Pep Guardiola’s troops. However, Sunderland fans certainly have a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday’s football match against Middlesbrough and, no doubt, the Black Cats will face the Boro in front of packed Stadium of Light. The Boro played out a 1-1 draw with Stoke City in their opener, with Alvaro Negredo scoring on his debut for the newcomers. However, considering that Middlesbrough are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that Sunderland are going to record their first win of the season on Sunday. When the two teams met in the League Cup back in 2012 (their last meeting) Middlesbrough recorded a 1-0 win over Sunderland, meaning that the Black Cats are hungry for revenge.
Highligted Player (Borini):
Fabio Borini is an Italian football player who was born on 29 March, 1991. Borini plays as a striker, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. The Italian footballer began his professional career at Chelsea, but he made no more than four appearances for the capital club. On 9 July 2012 Fabio Borini completed a transfer to Liverpool, but he had a pretty disappointing start to his career at Anfield, scoring just two goals in 25 appearances for the club. The Italian striker spent the 2013/2014 season on loan at Sunderland and he scored seven goals in 32 appearances for the Stadium of Light outfit. As a result, he signed a permanent deal with the Black Cats in August 2015. Speaking of his international career, Borini made his Italy debut on 26 February, 2012 in a friendly with USA. He made Italy Euro 2012 squad as well, but he did not come off the bench at the tournament finals.
Highlighted Team (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough are a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of England’s league system in the modern history. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the club’s main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well. Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2). However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough.