We take a look at the Wear-Tees derby from a Teessider's perspective, as oneBoro's Rob Parvin gives us the lowdown through parmo-tinted glasses.
Having opened the Premier League campaign with a drawagainst Stoke City, Boro will head into the Tees-Wear Derby with confidence.Antonio Barragan looked good at the heart of the defence, however with Daniel Ayala returning from injury we may seeAyala start alongside Ben Gibson.
Alvaro Negredo opened his Boro account whilst perhaps thepick of the performers against Stoke was Gaston Ramirez. The Uruguayan linkedup well with Negredo for the goal and clearly has that little something extra,which almost sealed maximum points for Boro.
The only downside to the match was losing new signing MartenDe Roon early on in the first half to a hamstring injury.
Sunderland’s main threat is Jermaine Defoe, but havinghandled the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic, Mame Biram Diouf andBojan, the Boro defence should be confident they can cope with whateverSunderland throw at them.
In truth, it’s still early days in the season and it’sdifficult to predict exactly how games are going to go. If Boro can defendwell, like how they have been since Aitor Karanka joined, then there is a goodbase from which to build a winning team.
Keeping Sunderland’s chances down to a minimum and using thecreativity of Ramirez and the power of Negredo up-front, especially as thematch goes on, could see the first win of the season for Boro.
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