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 draw
against 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 see
Ayala start alongside Ben Gibson.
Alvaro Negredo opened his Boro account whilst perhaps the
pick of the performers against Stoke was Gaston Ramirez. The Uruguayan linked
up 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 Marten
De Roon early on in the first half to a hamstring injury.
Sunderland’s main threat is Jermaine Defoe, but having
handled the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic, Mame Biram Diouf and
Bojan, the Boro defence should be confident they can cope with whatever
Sunderland throw at them.
In truth, it’s still early days in the season and it’s
difficult to predict exactly how games are going to go. If Boro can defend
well, like how they have been since Aitor Karanka joined, then there is a good
base from which to build a winning team.
Keeping Sunderland’s chances down to a minimum and using the
creativity of Ramirez and the power of Negredo up-front, especially as the
match goes on, could see the first win of the season for Boro.
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