Younes Kaboul expects to win the Wear-Tees derby
The two clubs meet in the league for the first time since the 2008-2009 campaign, where Sunderland overcame Boro at the Stadium of Light 2-0, thanks to two late goals from Michael Chopra.
Boro managed a draw in the reverse fixture, but the Teessiders were dumped out of the top flight that season, only to return after a seven year absence in May of this year.
And with two clubs set to renew hostilities in the league again, Kaboul knows the importance of a win.
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"It is a derby and you have to win, that’s it,” he said.
“Nothing has changed following last week’s game; we’ve stayed focused and we're working hard.
“Boro will come here with the intention of attacking while also staying strong at the back, and when a team has been promoted they want to show why they’re in the Premier League.
“We’re aware of that and we respect every team, but it is a derby and we’re playing to win.”
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Boro got off to solid start to new season, earning a commendable point against Premier League mainstays Stoke City last weekend.
The Teessiders have impressively bolstered their squad this summer, bringing in Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo on loan and World Cup winning goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer.
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