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Match Preview: Sunderland v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

26 April 2019

Sunderland v Pompey

Forget Liverpool and Manchester City – the four-way battle for League One promotion promises to be a much more dramatic contest.

Luton and Barnsley currently lead the way, but Saturday offers up a heavyweight battle at the Stadium of Light between fourth-placed Sunderland and Pompey in third.

Kenny Jackett’s side know that victory in their three remaining fixtures would be enough to guarantee Championship football next term.

Following their long trek to Wearside, the Blues finish the campaign with home tests against Peterborough and Accrington.

Even three straight wins would not necessarily be enough for the Black Cats, though, who visit Fleetwood and Southend after facing Pompey.

Jack Ross’ side are currently four points adrift of second spot and would be reliant on Barnsley slipping up.

Sunderland are looking to make an immediate return to the Championship following consecutive relegations.

It has left them competing in English football’s third tier for the first time since the 1987/88 campaign.

Their hopes have been hit by collecting a solitary success from the past four games, including an incredible 5-4 home defeat to Coventry.

Pompey fans will still be savouring the most recent meeting between the sides – that thrilling penalty shoot-out triumph at Wembley in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy.

But their team also came out on top in the last league meeting before Christmas, with Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis and Ben Thompson all on target in a 3-1 win.

TEAM NEWS
Omar Bogle (ankle/knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are the only players currently sidelined for Pompey.

Sunderland midfielder Duncan Watmore will miss the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage, but Aiden McGeady is likely to feature, despite suffering from a fractured foot.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Nathan Thompson or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 34 wins
Sunderland: 37 wins
33 draws

At Sunderland
Pompey: 9 wins
Sunderland: 26 wins
16 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be made available.

Sunderland have revealed that supporters with seats in rows 3-5 will be relocated to a different area of the away section and should enter through turnstiles 69 and 70.

MESSAGE FROM SUNDERLAND

Sunderland AFC is looking forward to welcoming Portsmouth FC supporters to the Stadium of Light tomorrow. A crowd of over 40,000 is expected for the game and the stadium and surrounding areas will be extremely busy.

With an away attendance of just over 3,000, the away turnstiles (numbers 69-74, located in the Carling north stand upper) will also be very busy. Sunderland AFC strongly recommends that supporters travelling from Portsmouth arrive at the stadium in good time to avoid potential queues or delays.

The turnstiles will open at 1.30pm and catering and bar facilities will be available inside the stadium. Supporters are also advised that safety procedures will be in place, with security checks at the turnstiles and within the stadium itself.

We kindly ask supporters to show patience during these checks, which are designed to ensure the safety of all those visiting the Stadium of Light.

We wish Portsmouth FC supporters a safe journey to Sunderland.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Sunderland are the 6/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 21/10.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE

Saturday
Accrington v Plymouth
AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe
Barnsley v Blackpool
Burton v Luton
Fleetwood v Bristol Rovers
Gillingham v Charlton
Oxford v Doncaster
Rochdale v Southend
Scunthorpe v Bradford
Walsall v Peterborough

Sunday
Coventry v Shrewsbury

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Sunderland 1 Pompey 1

Lowe on target as Blues secure a point

27 April 2019

Jamal Lowe celebrates scoring for Pompey at Sunderland
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Jamal Lowe was on target as Pompey battled from behind to secure a hard-fought behind at promotion rivals Sunderland.

But the result means that their fate is now out of their own hands, as second-placed Barnsley beat Blackpool.

Tom Flanagan had headed the hosts into an early lead in front of more than 41,000 spectators at the Stadium of Light.

Lowe was on hand to level midway through the first half, however, and Craig MacGillivray made several fine saves to keep the Black Cats at bay.

Kenny Jackett made two changes from the side that beat Coventry on home soil on Easter Monday.

Former Sunderland striker James Vaughan was handed his first start, while Ronan Curtis also returned, as Oli Hawkins and Gareth Evans dropped to the bench.

It was the hosts who made the brighter start and an acrobatic effort from Lewis Morgan had to be turned on to the post by MacGillivray.

But the keeper could do nothing to prevent the Black Cats from breaking the deadlock on nine minutes.

Max Power sent a free-kick into the box from wide on the right and Flanagan rose highest to head it home.

There were plenty of meaty challenges flying in during a competitive encounter, with Aiden McGeady and George Honeyman booked for the visitors.

Nathan Thompson and Ben Close were also shown yellow cards during the first half, as neither side held back.

Pompey grew into the contest as time passed, although a cross from Curtis was comfortably claimed by Jon McLaughlin.

And an equaliser came on 24 minutes, as Brett Pitman’s delivery was nodded against the bar by Lee Brown and the ball landed for LOWE to slot home.

Tempers then boiled over once more, leading to some pushing and shoving, but referee Craig Pawson soon calmed things down.

The visitors had the ball in the net again when Curtis looked to capitalise on a corner not being properly dealt with, but it was disallowed for a shove on McLaughlin.

Thompson then came to the rescue, quickly coming across to divert the ball behind after it had fallen kindly for McGeady.

And both sides had chances to take the lead during five minutes of stoppage-time, as the first half ended with a flourish.

First, Charlie Wyke met a cross from Luke O’Nien at the back post, only for MacGillivray to make a fine save from point-blank range.

A Curtis free-kick then led to a spot of pinball in the Black Cats box, but the hosts were eventually able to clear.

Half Time: Sunderland 1 Pompey 1

It was Sunderland that had the first opportunity following the restart, although MacGillivray dealt with Morgan’s effort.

But it had turned into quite a cagey contest, with neither side looking as threatening as they had before the break.

Jackett made his first switch just before the hour mark, as Vaughan – to a chorus of boos from the home fans – was replaced by Hawkins.

There were still not an abundance of clear-cut openings, but Thompson made a fine challenge to dispossess Wyke inside the box.

A second substitution then followed for the visitors, with Evans taking Curtis’ position wide on the left.

Sunderland, meanwhile, brought on former Fratton loanee Chris Maguire and his shot was deflected into MacGillivray’s arms.

Pompey were not having too much luck at the other end, with Christian Burgess unable to make a clean connection with Evans’ corner.

Power went close for the hosts on 79 minutes, however, only to see his fierce attempt kept out by another fine MacGillivray stop.

The Black Cats were starting to ramp up the pressure and Burgess made two key blocks in quick succession, before MacGillivray denied Will Grigg.

But the Blues saw out the closing stages to secure a point that could yet prove crucial in the race for promotion.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O’Nien (Matthews 90), Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo; Cattermole, Power; Morgan (Grigg 69), Honeyman (c) (Maguire 60), McGeady; Wyke
Goals: Flanagan 9
Booked: McGeady, Honeyman, Power
Subs not used: Ruiter, Leadbitter, Dunne, Gooch

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Lowe, Pitman (c), Curtis (Evans 66); Vaughan (Hawkins 57)
Goals: Lowe 24
Booked: Thompson, Close, Pitman
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Haunstrup, Morris, Solomon-Otabor

Referee: Craig Pawson

Attendance: 41,129 (3,222 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Sunderland (A): Ticket Update

Blues will receive a small additional allocation

5 April 2019

Sunderland

Pompey have sold out their initial allocation of tickets for the final scheduled away game of the season at Sunderland.

Blues fans received just under 3,000 seats for the Stadium of Light contest on Saturday, April 27 (3pm kick-off).

The remaining tickets were snapped up shortly after going on general sale, but the club are being sent a small additional allocation.

These 266 seats can be bought online only from 9am on Wednesday, April 10 and there will be no further tickets available for Pompey supporters.

Category Price
Adult £22
Senior (65+) £19.50
Young Person (U22) £15
Junior (U16) £10

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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