BOTH sides look almost certain to be relegated from the Premier League as they go head to head at the Riverside.
In previous months it looked to be a game which could have a massive impact on who finishes in the bottom three.
But Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League with 21 points, whilst Middlesbrough are just one place ahead of them by three points.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash…
Where can I watch Middlesbrough vs Sunderland?
Middlesbrough will host Sunderland on Wednesday evening at 7.45pm.
The game will not shown on live tv.
Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action and goals on our live blog.
What is the team news?
Boro will be without Gaston Ramirez, who is suspended after being sent off against Bournemouth.
Grant Leadbitter, and Victor Valdes are out injured but Marten De Roon starts.
Sunderland will travel to the Riverside without Paddy McNair, Jan Kirchhoff and Duncan Watmore who are all out injured.
Premier League form guide
Middlesbrough – DLDLL
Sunderland – LDLLD
Both sides are struggling for form and have not won in a long time.
- Middlesbrough are winless in their last three Premier League encounters against Sunderland at the Riverside (D2 L1), last facing off in the top-flight in January 2009 (1-1 draw).
- Since that January 2009 fixture, they have only met at the Riverside in the FA Cup Fourth Round in February 2012, with the Black Cats winning 2-1 thanks to an extra-time winner from Stephane Sessegnon.
- Middlesbrough have won just one of their last 10 North East derbies in the Premier League (W1 D6 L3), though that win came against Sunderland in their most recent encounter.
- On the day of this game, Sunderland will have spent 236 days in the relegation zone this season. The record for a single season is held by Sheffield Wednesday in 1999-00 (278 days) and if Sunderland remain in the bottom three between now and the end of the season they can only reach 261 days in 2016-17.
- There have been 10 occasions of the side in 19th place playing the bottom of the league side in a Premier League match since the start of 2012-13 and only one of those games have been won by the team that’s bottom of the league (L5 D4), though that was Sunderland in April 2014 against Cardiff, a 4-0 win.
- These two clubs are the lowest scoring teams in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far: Middlesbrough (23 goals) and Sunderland (26 goals).
- Middlesbrough have played out seven 0-0 draws in the Premier League so far this season – the record in a single PL campaign is nine (Sheffield United in 1993/94, Leeds in 1996/97 and Sunderland in 2014/15).
- Indeed, the Riverside Stadium has seen fewer goals than any other Premier League ground this season (32 – scored 13, conceded 19).
- Jermain Defoe’s Premier League goal drought now stands at eight games and 765 minutes, since he netted twice in the 45th minute at Crystal Palace on February 4th.
- David Moyes’ side have been trailing for 18 hours and 58 minutes this season – longer than any other Premier League side.