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Match Preview: Sunderland v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

16 August 2019

Sunderland v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Sunderland v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

16 August 2019

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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