Middlesbrough v Sunderland latest odds, news and free bets

Sunderland might be flying in the Premier League although amidst all the hype surrounding Martin O’Neill’s renaissance at the Stadium of Light is the fact that Middlesbrough earned a replay in the fourth round of the FA Cup by securing a 1-1 draw

This result wasn’t a fluke and Tony Mowbray’s team will feel confident they can get the job done at the Riverside Stadium, with the bookmakers offering 5/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) that the Championship side go through to face Arsenal in round five.

The main problem for Boro is that they have two leagues on the horizon in quick succession and they also struggle to get wins at home, something that 5 victories in 15 attempts will testify. Once again, they were thwarted on Saturday as a Crystal Palace side ground out a goalless draw.

Two months ago, you might have thought Sunderland would be preferring to focus on league matters and the issue of avoiding relegation at this time, although a series of good results means that the Black Cats are 8th in the table and they can focus on trying to win the FA Cup.

Many will think the 11/10 (Blue Square free bets) about an away win is a value proposition based on their hard-fought 1-0 win at Stoke which saw James McClean continue his excellent first season at the club by bagging the winner.

The winger is a 14/1 chance (Bet Victor £50 free bets) to score the opening goal of this contest and the bookies continue to overprice the youngster based on the fact that Messrs Campbell and Sessegnon are half the price.

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