• Sunderland are unbeaten in four Premier League games with Middlesbrough (W2 D2), though the most recent meeting was in January 2009.
  • After winning three league games in a row against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light between 2002 and 2006, Midddlesbrough have lost their last two there.
  • However, Middlesbrough won the most recent meeting between the sides at the Stadium of Light in October 2012, a Scott McDonald goal settling a League Cup Fourth Round tie.
  • David Moyes has lost just twice to Middlesbrough as a manager in the Premier League (W7 D5).
  • Alvaro Negredo is looking to score in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2013.
  • Negredo will be looking to become the first Middlesbrough player to score in back-to-back Premier League games since Afonso Alves in October 2008.
  • Jermain Defoe needs one more goal to become outright 10th in the all-time Premier League goalscoring charts (144 currently).
  • Defoe has scored in six of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Sunderland.
  • Since Jermain Defoe made his league debut for Sunderland on January 17th 2015, he has scored 20 Premier League goals - no other Sunderland player has more than five league goals in this period.
  • Sunderland won their final two home matches of the 2015-16 Premier League season and if they win this match it'll be the first time that they have won three in a row there since February 2012.