The waiting is over as the Championship season kicks off tonight as Sunderland take on Derby live streaming from the Stadium of Light, with live streaming available for customers.
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Tonight’s game is sure to be an intriguing tie with both former Premier League side Sunderland taking on a team with genuine promotion credentials in Derby.
Both these sides suffered disappointing seasons last time around and both have made significant changes during the summer.
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“When you come back in pre-season, then your eyes are firmly fixed on that first game.
“Pre-season can drag on because we are all desperate to kick off and see how we get on. We are really excited and looking forward to the first game” – Derby boss Gary Rowett
Its Sunderland however who may find life back in England’s second tier a little more difficult to deal with with little significant investment coming in during the summer. James Vaughan has been brought in to cover for the departed Jermaine Defoe, however the £900,000 man from Bury has big shoes to fill.
As expected, there have been some big names bidding farewell during the summer, with Victor Anichebe, Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini, Joleon Lescott, Steve Pienaar and most notably Jordan Pickford, who left for Everton in a £25m deal all moving on to pastures new.
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Of course, Black Cats fans will be hopeful of rebounding straight away and reclaiming their Premier League position, especially with vociferous home support.
It will not be easy however, as this season looks particularly competitive, with not one team looking stand out candidates, and there are likely to be seven or eight sides capable of reaching the heady heights of automatic promotion.
What a cracker of an opening game of the season this should be! Gary Rowett has had a bit of time now to look at his Derby squad, he’s lost a couple and brought a couple in who should do well like Tom Huddlestone and Curtis Davies.
It’s a tough fixture for Sunderland, there’s been a lot made about the changes there and it’ll be interesting to see how they get on after being relegated. But I fancy Derby to lay down an early marker.- Sky Sports
With arch rivals Newcastle sealing automatic promotion, the pressure is now on Simon Grayson, who is now in the hot seat at the Stadium of Light, taking over from David Moyes. The good news for fans however is that they have a proven manager at this level, but he does look to have a tough job on his hands.
Its a much changed side, with top goalscorer Jermaine Defoe making his way for a move to Bournemouth, and it remains to be seen whether Sunderland have the fire power to make an impression this season.
Derby themselves are the perennial under achievers, with the side promising so much during the season and ultimately coming up short in their promotion campaign, although things may be on the up after Steve Rowett came in for Steve McLaren to take charge of the Rams last March.
Andrew Wisdom, Tom Huddlestone & Curtis Davis have all come in during the summer, and all three of them look like adding value to a squad which has seen some big name players depart. Tom Ince has once again jumped ship and has joined Premier League newcomers Huddersfield, while Will Hughes has also taken his chance and has moved to Vicarage Road and Watford.
Cyrus Christie has also joined Middlesbrough, resulting in a squad which has seen significant overhaul, which will come as a headache to the well organised sides of Gary Rowett.
Curtis Davis looks a shrewed signing and should come straight into the Rams back four, while Tom Huddleston has plenty of experience at this level and should add to the midfield.
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