A Point Apiece Could Suit North-East Rivals

 

With Sunderland and Middlesbrough yet to be completely assured of their Premiership status for next season, Saturday’s clash at the Stadium of Light has added significance beyond the local rivalry for both teams.
 
With a five-point gap separating both teams from Birmingham City in the last relegation place, it’s fair to say that a point apiece in this game would probably be regarded as a positive result for both Sunderland and Middlesbrough. 
 
Given that neither team is exactly prolific, the fact that there is local bragging rights at stake and the fear that defeat for either side could potentially drag the losing team deep into the relegation mire, it’s tempting to see this as being a cautious encounter in which avoiding defeat will be the primary aim for both sides.
 

The 9-4 available for the draw with Coral looks a tempting price in a game in which such an outcome would be perfectly acceptable to both teams.    

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a point apiece in this game would probably be regarded as a positive result for both Sunderland and Middlesbrough"


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