Oct 30, 2012 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
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Middlesbrough

Team News: Louis Saha partners Steven Fletcher for Sunderland

Team News: Louis Saha partners Steven Fletcher
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Martin O'Neill hands Louis Saha a start alongside Steven Fletcher in Sunderland's League Cup tie with Middlesbrough.

French striker Louis Saha will partner Steven Fletcher in the Sunderland attack for tonight's League Cup tie with local rivals Middlesbrough.

Adam Johnson and Lee Cattermole also start the encounter, but Irish winger James McClean has dropped out.

Visiting Boro have handed a start to Scott McDonald up front and he will play alongside Ishmael Miller.

Former Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter has also been included in the starting lineup.

Sunderland: Westwood; Bardsley, Colback, O'Shea, Cuellar; Cattermole, Vaughan, Johnson, Sessegnon; Saha, Fletcher

Middlesbrough: Steele; Friend, Hoyte, Bikey, Hines; Leadbitter (c), Haroun, Ledesma, Bailey; McDonald, Miller

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