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Sunderland v Derby County [CHAMPIONSHIP]

1 Name: 606 2017-08-04 18:41
Sunderland v Derby County [19:45 BST]

Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson may play despite facing an internal disciplinary process after he was filmed seeming to criticise team-mates.

All seven of the club's new arrivals could take part, including goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter who signed on Wednesday.

Summer signings Tom Huddlestone, Curtis Davies and Andre Wisdom are all expected to start for Derby County.

Darren Bent, George Thorne (both hamstring), and Jason Shackell (back) are out but striker Matej Vydra is fit.

Match facts

*Sunderland have gone seven games without victory on the opening day of the season, drawing four and losing three.

*Derby have won four and lost none of their last eight league games on the opening weekend of the campaign.

*Gary Rowett is unbeaten in his last four opening day games as a manager (W2 D2).

*Derby will play Sunderland on the opening day for the eighth time; only three fixtures have been played more frequently as a season opener in the Football League (Everton v Spurs 10,

*Blackburn v Derby 9, and Middlesbrough v Portsmouth 9).

*The Black Cats are unbeaten in 10 league meetings with the Rams, winning six and drawing four.

*Simon Grayson is looking to become the first Sunderland manager to win his first game in charge since Martin O'Neill in December 2011 - each of the last five have all lost their maiden games (Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce and David Moyes).

Sunderland: Steele; Jones, Koné, Browning, Galloway; Honeyman, Cattermole, N’dong, McGeady; Vaughan, Grabban

Subs: Ruiter, O’Shea, Asoro, Gibson, Matthews, Khazri, Gooch

Derby County: Carson; Wisdom, Davies, Keogh, Forsyth; Russell, Huddlestone, Johnson, Butterfield, Weimann; Martin

Subs: Mitchell, Bryson, Baird, Pearce, Bennett, Vydra, Nugent

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