TEAM NEWS and LIVE STREAM: Sunderland v Middlesbrough – Djilobodji and Guzan set for debuts in Wear-Tees derby
Sunderland and Middlesbrough have both made three changes for Sunday’s Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light – which you can hear EXCLUSIVELY live on talkSPORT!
New Black Cats’ signing Papy Djilobodji, who joined from Chelsea for £8million, is set to make his debut in David Moyes’ first home game in charge.
Meanwhile, fellow summer arrivals Adnan Januzaj and Paddy McNair get their first starts, with striker Fabio Borini [toe injury] and Lamine Kone [a target for Everton] not in the team, while Younes Kaboul has joined Watford since last week’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
There’s another missing man for Boro in goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
The former Barcelona man played the full 90 minutes in their opening 1-1 draw against Stoke last weekend, but he makes way for American Brad Guzan, who will also make his debut for his new club.
Also drafted in are Adam Forshaw and Cristhian Stuani, who replace Marten de Roon, who is injured, and Albert Adomah.
Sunderland starting XI: Mannone, Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Love, McNair, Gooch, O’Shea, Rodwell, Januzaj, Defoe, Watmore. Subs: Khazri, Pickford, Lens, Pienaar, Asoro, Tom Robson, Josh Robson
Middlesbrough starting XI: Guzan, Friend, Gibson, Ramirez, Barragan, Clayton, Forshaw, Nsue, Downing, Stuani, Negredo. Subs: Konstantopoulos, Ayala, Fischer, Baptiste, de Sart, Adomah, Nugent