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Checkatrade Trophy Final: Facts & Figures

The statistics behind Pompey's trip to Wembley

28 March 2019

Checkatrade Trophy
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Read some of the key statistics and other useful information ahead of Pompey's trip to Wembley for the 2019 Checkatrade Trophy final.

Match Stats
- The 2019 final will attract he highest attendance in the history of the competition, beating the current record of 80,841 which was set in 1988 when Wolves beat Burnley.

- It could be the highest attended football match in Europe this weekend, with only Barcelona’s match against Espanyol expected to beat it.

- Pompey are unbeaten in their past seven meetings with Sunderland, including a 3-1 victory at Fratton Park earlier in the season.

- The Black Cats have won three of the previous four cup clashes, although the Blues came out on top in the most recent one – an FA Cup tie in 2010.

- Both sides are aiming to win the EFL Trophy for the first time and Sunday’s final is the first between two former Premier League teams.

- The victors will become only the second club – after Wolves – to win the competition having previously been English top-flight champions.

- Pompey have kept a clean sheet in four of their previous five visits to the new Wembley Stadium, including when they beat Cardiff to lift the FA Cup in 2008.

- Sunderland have not won a competitive fixture at the national stadium since the 1973 FA Cup final and lost to Manchester City in their only previous trip since it was revamped.

- Pompey have won all seven of their Checkatrade Trophy matches this season and no side has netted more goals than the 16 they have notched.

- Sunderland have conceded just once in their seven fixtures in the competition – fewer than any other side.

- Gareth Evans is Pompey’s top Checkatrade Trophy scorer with three goals this term, despite having just four shots on target.

- Sunderland have had 11 different scorers – more than any other side – and only Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka has netted more than once.

The referee is Dean Whitestone and he will be assisted by Nik Barnard and Richard Wild, with Kevin Johnson acting as fourth official.

Whitestone is approaching 400 league games as a referee and was fourth official when Coventry won the competition against Oxford in 2017.

The presentation party will include interim EFL chair Debbie Jevans CBE and Checkatrade’s transformation director Dan Davis.

Emily Haig will lead the national anthem at approximately 2.25pm.

The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Football from 2.15pm, with highlights shown on Quest at 9pm.

Please note that the final will not be broadcast live on iFollow (although there will be audio commentary as usual) and overseas fans should check their local listings.

Sunderland were selected to have first choice of kits and will wear their usual home colours of red and white shirts, black shorts and red socks.

Pompey are able to wear blue shirts and white shorts, but will be wearing their ‘away’ blue socks.

The Blues keeper will be all in green, with the Black Cats stopper in black.

The official matchday programme will be available on the day for £10 or can be pre-ordered online here.

Last five finals (attendance in brackets)
2018: Lincoln 1-0 Shrewsbury (41,261)
2017: Coventry 2-1 Oxford (74,434)
2016: Barnsley 3-2 Oxford (59,230)
2015: Bristol City 2-0 Walsall (72,315)
2014: Chesterfield 1-3 Peterborough (35,663)

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