Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

Sunderland kick off their Championship campaign tonight as they butt heads with Derby County.

Take a look at the stats ahead of The Rams’ arrival at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland haven’t won their last seven league openers, losing four and drawing three.

Derby’s first game form is more impressive, having won four and lost none of their last eight opening fixtures.

Rams manager Gary Rowett is unbeaten in his last four opening day games – leading his team to victory in two.

This is the eigth time Sunderland meet Derby as a season opener, with only three games a more common first fixture in the Football League (Everton v Spurs 10, Blackburn v Derby 9 and Middlesbrough v Portsmouth 9).

Simon Grayson’s side are unbeaten in ten league meetings with The Rams, boasting six wins and four draws.

The Black Cats boss is looking to be the first Sunderland manager since Martin O’Neill (2011) to win his maiden game in charge.