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Match Preview: Pompey v Sunderland

All you need to know about League One test

9 March 2021

Pompey v Sunderland

Pompey and Sunderland are both heading to Wembley this weekend to compete in separate Papa John’s Trophy finals.

But the priority for each side will be trying to secure three League One points at Fratton Park this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

The visitors were eighth when Phil Parkinson was dismissed as manager in November, but have enjoyed a resurgence under new boss Lee Johnson.

Their most recent defeat came at Shrewsbury exactly one month ago, with the following six matches yielding five victories.

The Black Cats enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 home win over Rochdale at the weekend, courtesy of goals from Dion Sanderson and the prolific Charlie Wyke.

It means they currently sit fourth in the standings – five points adrift of second spot and the same number above the Blues in sixth.

And the Wearsiders also beat fellow promotion hopefuls Lincoln on penalties in February to set up a Wembley date with Tranmere on Sunday.

But Pompey won 3-1 when the sides met at the Stadium of Light back in October, with a John Marquis brace adding to Marcus Harness’ opener.

You have to go all the way back to 1997 to find the last time that Sunderland triumphed at Fratton Park – a run the hosts will be looking to extend in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight.

TEAM NEWS
Alex Bass (foot) and Callum Johnson (calf) are still missing, but Michael Jacobs and Haji Mnoga are available again.

Sunderland will be without Denver Hume (hamstring), Grant Leadbitter (shoulder) and Jordan Willis (knee).

The visitors also have doubts over Tom Flanagan (calf), Lynden Gooch (calf), Conor McLaughlin (hernia), Ross Stewart (hamstring) and Bailey Wright (calf).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 36 wins
Sunderland: 39 wins
35 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 25 wins
Sunderland: 11 wins
18 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: David Rock
Assistants: Gareth Viccars and Mark Derrien
Fourth Official: Craig Hicks

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the contest live on Sky Sports Football. If you are based overseas then please check local listings to see if the game is being shown in your region.

Pompey v Sunderland programme
Fixture News

Pompey v Sunderland: Read The Digital Matchday Magazine For Free

9 March 2021

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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 and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 31/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening's game. 18+. Be Gamble Aware.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

AFC Wimbledon v Burton
Bristol Rovers v Accrington
Charlton v Northampton
Crewe v Doncaster
Ipswich v Lincoln
MK Dons v Blackpool
Peterborough v Hull
Plymouth v Wigan
Rochdale v Shrewsbury
Swindon v Oxford
Fleetwood v Gillingham (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING

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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Sunderland 2

Black Cats purring as Blues slip to another defeat

9 March 2021

Ellis Harrison in action for Pompey against Sunderland
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s run of poor results continued as they were beaten by in-form Sunderland in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Fratton Park.

And the hosts were once again in generous mood at the back, leaving Charlie Wyke free to head an early opener and then gifting Jordan Jones another goal after the break.

There was certainly plenty of endeavour on display from the Blues, but they were unable to test Black Cats keeper Lee Burge.

Kenny Jackett made five changes from the side that were comprehensively beaten at Northampton at the weekend.

Ellis Harrison came in to partner John Marquis up front, while there were also returns for James Bolton, Charlie Daniels, Harvey White and Ryan Williams.

Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness, Lee Brown and Rasmus Nicolaisen all dropped to the bench, with George Byers missing out completely.

Both sides took a while to get a feel of each other in the opening stages, although Williams sent in some dangerous early deliveries.

But it was the visitors who were the first to properly threaten and Craig MacGillivray flew to his left to keep out Aiden McGeady’s swerving long-range strike.

And Sunderland took the lead from the resulting corner, as Wyke broke away from his marker to head home Jones’ corner.

Harrison was unable to keep his header down after meeting a flag-kick from White a few minutes later.

And Williams thought he should have won a penalty after going down in the box, only for referee David Rock to award the decision against him.

The Australian winger then showed some neat footwork, cutting in from the right and playing a cute pass through to Marquis, who shot wide.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut opportunities at either end of the pitch, despite both teams showing plenty of endeavour.

Pompey might have levelled in stoppage-time, but Marquis could not quite make a connection after Tom Naylor had played a one-two with Williams and delivered a cross.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Sunderland 1

It was a fairly circumspect start to proceedings following the restart, with the game still lacking a real spark.

There was certainly nothing to suggest that either side could add to the scoring, which obviously suited the visitors more than the Blues.

But a goal did arrive just before the hour mark and it was an absolute gift that allowed the Black Cats to double their lead.

It came from a Pompey throw, with Andy Cannon trying to play a cross-field pass for Sean Raggett, only for Jones to nip in and steal the ball before neatly lifting it home.

Jackett had been preparing a double change beforehand, with Harrison and White withdrawn for Curtis and a fit-again Michael Jacobs.

Raggett soon met a Daniels corner with a flick that was blocked, as the hosts tried to find a route back into the contest.

But Sunderland came close to a third goal on 76 minutes, with Wyke poised to poke in a loose ball from a yard out, only for MacGillivray to snatch it from him.

There was further bad news for the Blues soon after, as Cannon went down injured and limped from the field to be replaced by Harness.

And despite producing plenty of effort, the hosts never really looked like finding the goal that would spark hope of a comeback, although results elsewhere ensured they at least remained in the top six.

Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Bolton, Whatmough, Raggett, Daniels; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon (Harness 78), White (Jacobs 59); Marquis, Harrison (Curtis 59)
Subs not used: Ward, Nicolaisen, Brown, Hiwula

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Burge; Power (c), Sanderson, O’Nien, McFadzean; Winchester, Scowen; Jones (Maguire 80), O’Brien (Flanagan 60), McGeady (Gooch 86); Wyke
Goals: Wyke 13, Jones 58
Booked: Sanderson
Subs not used: Matthews, Vokins, Neil, Diamond

Referee: David Rock

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