THE BLACK CATS sit in the bottom three of the Championship table, without a win in 13 games.
Former manager Simon Grayson was sacked on Tuesday with just 22 games under his belt, four months after his appointment.
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The 47-year-old won just one league game as Sunderland boss, with caretakers Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale as joint interim managers.
Teeside rivals Boro are fresh off two consecutive wins, taking them to eighth position in the league.
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What time is kick-off?
THE game will take place on Sunday November 5.
The match will be played at Middlesbrough’s home, the Riverside Stadium.
Kick-off is at 12.15pm.
Which channel can I watch it on?
THE match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football.
Coverage begins at 11.45am and will end at 1pm.
Check out SunSport’s live blog to keep up with live updates.
Ex-Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva is expected to recover from a knock picked up in Boro’s Tuesday’s victory over Hull
Welshman Jonny Williams and defender Billy Jones are doubts for the Black Cats, with Tyias Browning and Josh Maja ruled out.