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FA Cup betting preview: Middlesbrough v Sunderland

8/2/2012
Middlesbrough host Sunderland in an FA Cup fourth round replay tonight, with the winners set to face Arsenal in the next stage of the competition.

The sides played out a 1-1 draw in the original tie and tonight’s match will have to be decided on the night, with extra time and penalties a possibility.

Boro will definitely be without injured striker Scott McDonald, while Marvin Emnes, Faris Haroun and Barry Robson are all injury doubts. Julio Arca is available having returned from suspension.

Sunderland will be missing a host of players, with Lee Cattermole, Nicklas Bendtner, Wes Brown, David Vaughan, Matt Kilgallon and Titus Bramble all out injured, while loan players Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are both ineligible.

Bet365 make Sunderland 17/20 favourites for the match, with Middlesbrough offered at 16/5. The draw is available at 5/2. Sunderland are 1/2 to qualify for the next round by any means, with Boro priced at 6/4 to progress at the expense of the Black Cats.

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner is 9/2 favourite to score the first goal, followed by teammates Frazier Campbell and Stephane Sessegnon at 11/2. Boro injury doubt Emnes is their shortest-priced player at 8/1.
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