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Match Previews

Match Preview: Sunderland v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

16 August 2019

Sunderland v Pompey

During Pompey’s time in League Two, matches against promotion rivals Plymouth began to take on extra significance.

And now a rivalry is starting to develop with Sunderland in the third tier, as both sides continue to battle for a return to the Championship.

There were five closely-fought meetings between the cross-country giants last term, with both sides enjoy joy and despair.

It was the men from the south coast who triumphed at Wembley following a penalty shoot-out to lift the EFL Trophy.

But the Black Cats got their revenge by edging a two-legged play-off encounter, even if heartache followed against Charlton in the final.

Now the latest chapter of an epic tale is about to take place on Wearside, with television cameras on hand to beam the action live around the world.

Sunderland were notoriously hard to beat last season, suffering a divisional low of just six league losses.

And it was ultimately their failure to convert draws into wins that cost them promotion, with an incredible 19 games finishing all square.

So supporters might be worried that their first two games of the current campaign – against Oxford and Ipswich – ended 1-1.

They did break their duck earlier in the week, however, with a 3-1 success at Accrington in the Carabao Cup.

James Bolton has returned to full fitness for Pompey, but Oli Hawkins is out of action with a slight foot injury.

The striker joins Bryn Morris (groin), Jack Whatmough (knee) and Ryan Williams (quad) on the sidelines.

Glenn Loovens, Ethan Robson and Duncan Watmore are all on Sunderland’s injured list, but Denver Hume and Dylan McGeouch are back in contention.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Lee Brown or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 34 wins
Sunderland: 38 wins
35 draws

At Sunderland
Pompey: 9 wins
Sunderland: 27 wins
17 draws

Pompey fans will be able to buy tickets at the Stadium of Light on the day of the game. Click here for more information.

Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistants: Joe Simpson and Gareth Mellor
Fourth Official: Paul Marsden

iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 12pm on Saturday.

The game has been selected for live television coverage, so there will be no video on iFollow for overseas subscribers.

Viewers in the UK can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football, while overseas supporters should check their local listings.

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.

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.

Sunderland are the 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the Blues can be backed at 19/10.

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

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Match Reports

Sunderland 2 Pompey 1

Harness on target, but Blues are beaten

17 August 2019

Marcus Harness in action for Pompey at Sunderland
Photo: Calum Mackenzie

Pompey suffered defeat in their latest encounter with familiar foes Sunderland, despite taking the lead in the north-east.

A first goal for Marcus Harness since his summer switch from Burton broke the deadlock – and the Blues were good value for their lead.

But the Black Cats had turned things around by the interval, with Jordan Willis heading a leveller before Chris Maguire struck against his former club.

There were chances for the visitors to leave with at least a share of the spoils, but Sunderland held on for the win.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that beat Tranmere on home soil the previous weekend.

John Marquis returned to the starting line-up to lead the line, with Ellis Harrison dropping to the bench.

Former Blues loanees Marc McNulty and Maguire both featured for the hosts, with the latter having scored the decisive goal in last season’s play-off clash.

It was Pompey who made the brighter start and a cross from Anton Walkes in the opening seconds was diverted over by Ronan Curtis.

Ben Close has netted a couple of recent stunners and tried his luck with another 30-yard effort, although this time the ball narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Then, after Marquis had done well to win a corner on the right, Lee Brown’s delivery was cleverly collected by Jon McLaughlin.

The Sunderland stopper soon had to come racing from his line to stop Marquis latching onto Close’s fine pass.

And the visitors made their dominance count by breaking the deadlock midway through the first half.

Harness played a neat one-two with Marquis and was unable to dig out a shot, with his team-mate also failing to make a clean connection at the second attempt.

But the ball fell for HARNESS and he made no mistake, sweeping home a shot to open his goalscoring account for the club.

The lead did not last long, however, as Willis charged into the box to powerfully convert a Grant Leadbitter corner.

Both sides were looking capable of adding to the scoring as the half progressed, although it was the hosts celebrating on 39 minutes.

Walkes tried to stop Aiden McGeady, but his interception ricocheted against the winger, who continued his charge

The Irishman then played a lovely pass across the face of goal, with Maguire there to slot past a helpless Craig MacGillivray.

Half Time: Sunderland 2 Pompey 1

The hosts did receive a blow soon after the restart, as McNulty went down injured and was unable to continue, with Charlie Wyke on to replace him.

Pompey were looking for a leveller, but Curtis could not find the target after rising to meet Walkes’ right-sided delivery.

They had a better chance when the visitors won position and Harness slipped a neat pass through to Marquis, who was unable to find the target.

And a spell of intricate short passes led to Brown finding the ball on the left, although his cross was not quite right for Harness.

Brown soon received the ball back again, though, and this time could not beat McLaughlin from a tight angle.

Luke O’Nien wanted a penalty at the other end after going down under pressure from Tom Naylor, but his appeals were immediately dismissed by referee Michael Salisbury.

And the official was equally unimpressed just moments later, when Maguire decided to theatrically hit the turf.

Jackett made a double switch just past hour mark, with Curtis and Andy Cannon making way for Harrison and Gareth Evans.

There was then a nervy moment as the ball flew around the Blues box and could not be cleared, but the danger eventually passed.

The final substitution for the visitors saw on-loan Scottish youngster Ross McCrorie replace Walkes at right-back.

And he immediately released Marquis with a great pass down the right. The striker squared for Evans, whose goal-bound effort was blocked by Alim Ozturk.

A cross from McCrorie was then diverted towards his own net by Leadbitter, but McLaughlin was able to claw the ball to safety.

Pompey continued to control possession as the seconds ticked down, although Sunderland remained resolute to see the game out.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): J.McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Willis, C.McLaughlin; Power, Leadbitter (c); Gooch, Maguire (Hume 87), McGeady (Grigg 81); McNulty (Wyke 49)
Goals: Willis 27, Maguire 39
Booked: McGeady, Maguire
Subs not used: Burge, Flanagan, Dobson, McGeouch

Pompey (4-3-3): MacGillivray; Walkes (McCrorie 73), Downing, Burgess, Brown; Close, Naylor (c), Cannon (Evans 62); Harness, Marquis, Curtis (Harrison 62)
Goals: Harness 22
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Raggett, Haunstrup, Pitman

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Attendance: 29,140 (874 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Sunderland (A): Ticket Update

Secure your seat for Stadium of Light clash

14 August 2019


Tickets are still available for Pompey’s League One match at Sunderland on Saturday.

Blues fans have already snapped up around 800 seats for the Stadium of Light contest, which kicks-off at 12.30pm and is being screened live on Sky Sports Football.

They can be bought online here, by calling 0345 646 1898 (option one) or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 5.30pm on Thursday.

Supporters will also be able to visit cash turnstile number 71 at Sunderland on the day of the game if they are buying adult tickets.

Those wanting to pay by card or buy concession tickets should instead visit the Stadium of Light ticket office.

That is also the location for Pompey fans who are collecting tickets.

Category Price
Adult £20
Senior (65+) £17
Young Person (U22) £12
Junior (U16) £7

Wheelchair/ambulant tickets are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone.

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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