Sunderland take on Derby in the opening game of the Championship season with both sides eager to get off to a good start in their first game as the latest Sunderland v Derby live stream schedules are announced.
The Black Cats have had a clear out this summer with some big names in Jordan Pickford, Fabio Borini, Vio Mannone, Victor Anichebe all leaving the north east club and this season looks like being one of consolidation.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 2, 2017
For Sunderland, Premier League relegation came at a great cost to the club, with David Moyes leaving the club in the summer as well as top goalscorer Jermaine Defoe, who has joined Bournemouth.
Its a case of rebuilding this year for the Black Cats, although they should still have a decent budget to strengthen during the weeks leading up to the Championship opener. Simon Grayson has been brought in and the former Leeds and Preston man has plenty of experience of the lower leagues.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 2, 2017
His arrival may be just what Sunderland need at the moment, and he’s sure to rise to the challenge. It remains to be seen however if he has the players with the mindset and fight for a long season ahead.
Similarly, Derby have promised plenty during recent seasons but the side has consistently come up short, having shown plenty of potential for at least a playoff place during large parts of last season. Steve McLaren was brought in for the second time but the ex Middlesbrough and England boss was unable to stop the rot at the club.
Gary Rowett has been brought in and the former Birmingham man has plenty of Championship pedigree to push the club further this year but there have been plenty of departures from Pride Park during the summer.
Will Hughes has left the club for Watford in a £5m deal, while defender Cyrus Christie joined another Championship club Middlesbrough – Tom Ince has also departed, joining newly promoted Huddersfield in a three year deal.
Both sides will be looking to get their season’s off to the vital win, however we feel Sunderland look plenty of value to take all three points at 6/5.
It should be an intriguing tie, with both sides desperate not to be on the losing end.