Sunderland suffered defeat at the hands of North East rivals Middlesbrough at the Riverside during the first Tees-Wear Derby in over four years last time out. The Black Cats were poor for large portions of the game, but did suffer a big blow just before kick-off, with star man Ross Stewart having to be withdrawn from the starting eleven thanks to an injury in the warm-up. That completely scuppered Mowbray’s game plan, with no adequate replacement to step in.
They also lost Dennis Cirkin during the game through injury, which will also be a massive loss. Fans will be hoping both key men make a quick recovery, but the signs aren’t good. The Mackems will be glad this weekend’s game takes place on home soil after their best performance of the season so far coming in their last home outing. The hosts are 6/5 favourites to take all three points in this one.
Millwall have had a mixed start to the season, with results up and down, but did record their third win of the season last weekend over struggling Cardiff City. Benik Afobe finally got off the mark in the process, which will be a relief to him after going seven games without finding the net.
Gary Rowett will be hoping that win acts as a springboard for victory at the Stadium of Light this Saturday, with the home side just one point ahead in the table. However, it will be a tough ask and that’s reflected in the odds, with Millwall firmly second favourites, priced at 23/10.