Tony Mowbray’s Sunderland return to motion within the Championship this afternoon as they tackle rivals Middlesbrough on the Stadium of Mild.
The Black Cats will likely be hoping to bounce again from their final match within the division as they have been overwhelmed 3-1 by Russell Martin’s Swansea on their very own turf.
Sunderland have been preventing in opposition to the chances after 18 minutes in opposition to the Swans as central defender Luke O’Nien was proven a straight crimson card for a horribly mistimed problem which led to the away aspect marching on to all three factors.
A win for the hosts in opposition to Middlesbrough as we speak will ship them stage on factors with ninth-placed West Bromwich Albion and one level behind Norwich within the last play-off place within the desk.
Subsequently, there may be a lot for the Black Cats to play for and Mowbray should now unleash skilled central defender Danny Batth from the begin to give his aspect an improved probability of profitable the match.
O’Nien was given his marching orders in opposition to Swansea and can now be suspended for this match. The previous Wycombe man has not been within the biggest of kind all through the season as far as he has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.77 throughout his 25 appearances within the Championship, which locations him 16th within the squad.
Ought to Danny Batth begin?
Batth, in the meantime, has averaged a rating of 6.86 within the division and has been the membership’s seventh-best performer this season. He was a substitute in opposition to the Swans because it was his first game again for the reason that seventeenth December and Mowbray should unleash him from the beginning as we speak to exchange the suspended O’Nien.
The 6 foot 3 man mountain, whose expected transfer value (xTV) is £526k, got here off the bench in opposition to Swansea and recorded a Sofascore rating of 6.9 as he assisted Daniel Neil’s aim, received 100% of his floor duels, and made three clearances, two blocks, one sort out, and one interception – as per Sofascore.
Batth, who was as soon as dubbed “outstanding” by journalist Josh Bunting, has been a dominant power on the pitch for Sunderland this season as he has received a whopping 70% of his aerial battles within the Championship, while making 4.1 clearances per sport for the aspect.
Whereas, O’Nien has solely received 54% of his duels within the air and made 3.1 clearances per match. This means, together with their common efficiency ranges, that the 32-year-old veteran would are available as an enormous improve on the versatile defender by beginning in opposition to Middlesbrough this afternoon, which is why Mowbray should deliver him in.