Middlesbrough v Sunderland

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Sunderland and Middlesbrough played out a 1-1 draw on January 29. Image courtesy of AFP/fifa.com
Middlesbrough  and Sunderland  will lock horns in the North-east derby again on Thursday morning (AEST), after the pair couldn’t be split in their initial FA Cup fourth round fixture at the Stadium of Light on January 29. That match ended 1-1  after Barry Robson put the visitors ahead after just sixteen minutes before Fraizer Campbell restored parity with a second half equaliser.

‘Boro go into the match in the Championship playoff positions but have struggled of late. They have gone seven games without a win and come into this match off the back of a 0-0  draw with mid-table Crystal Palace on Saturday. Making things even tougher for them going into this game is the fact that they could be without top scorer Marvin Emnes, who hobbled off on the weekend with a hamstring injury.

Sunderland has pushed its way up to eighth on the Premier League table following a 1-0  away win at Stoke on the weekend. The Black Cats have been reinvigorated under Martin O’Neill and have lost just one of their past ten matches in all competitions.

The winner of this match will host Arsenal in the fifth round.

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