Sunderland to face Boro in Wear-Tees derby friendly today

Sunderland face Middlesbrough in a behind-closed-doors friendly today as Sam Allardyce looks to keep his players in shape during the two-week international break.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 8:58 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:02 am
Ola Toivonen

Allardyce has been pro-active in organising non-competitive games whenever Sunderland have had a pause in their Premier League schedule, with the Black Cats facing Newcastle and Livingston in recent months.

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With Sunderland not in top flight action again until the visit of West Brom on Saturday week, Allardyce will give some of his fringe players an opportunity in a friendly against Boro today.

Like Sunderland, Boro are eager to remain sharp for the end to the season, with the Teessiders in firm contention for promotion from the Championship.