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Checkatrade Trophy Final Preview: Pompey v Sunderland

All you need to know about Wembley clash

30 March 2019

Pompey v Sunderland

Pompey make their first Wembley visit since 2010 when they face Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday.

The two sides are also currently locked in the fight for League One promotion, currently sitting just outside the automatic promotion places.

It is the third-placed Blues who currently have a single-point advantage, although the Black Cats have two games in hand.

Checkatrade Trophy
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They will put that battle to one side this weekend, however, and concentrate on securing a piece of silverware.

Neither have previously won this competition – in any of its guises – and it will be the first final to have featured two former Premier League clubs.

Pompey won Southern Group A with maximum points, securing wins over Gillingham, Crawley and Tottenham U21s.

They then saw off Arsenal’s youngsters, Southend, Peterborough and Bury to book their spot at the national stadium.

Sunderland beat Carlisle and Morecambe after drawing with Stoke U21s in the group stage and later beat Notts County, Newcastle U21s, Manchester City U21s and Bristol Rovers.

The sides will meet again in what could be a crucial league clash at the Stadium of Light towards the end of April.

But Pompey came out on top at Fratton Park just before Christmas, with Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis and Ben Thompson on target in a 3-1 triumph.

Kenny Jackett will make a late call on the fitness of Ronan Curtis, who has returned to training after severing his finger.

But the Blues will definitely be without the trio of Dion Donohue (groin), Viv Solomon-Otabor (calf) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Andy Cannon (thigh) and Bryn Morris (knee) are also injured, although they – along with Lloyd Isgrove – are also cup-tied.

Will Grigg is likely to be available for the Black Cats, despite missing Northern Ireland’s recent games with an ankle problem.

There is also a doubt over Adam Matthews (hamstring), while Duncan Watmore (ankle) and former Pompey loanee Chris Maguire (leg) are sidelined.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett, Lee Brown, Ben Close, Christian Burgess, Tom Naylor and Brett Pitman.

You can also register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos, as well as chats with Omar Bogle, Matt Clarke and Oli Hawkins.

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Pompey: 33 wins
Sunderland: 37 wins
33 draws

Cup Competitions
Pompey: 1 win
Sunderland: 2 wins
1 draw

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Checkatrade Trophy Final: Key Information

25 March 2019

- Wembley Stadium has a restricted bag policy. Watch the below video for details.

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Wembley Travel Information

25 March 2019

- A matchday programme is available around the ground for £10 and can also be ordered online here.

- In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, there will be 30 minutes of extra-time. If the tie is still level, there will be a penalty shoot-out.

- Please be aware that clocks go forward one hour at 1am on Sunday, marking the start of British Summer Time.

- Fans should note that, with staff working at Wembley, the Anson Road ticket office will be closed on Monday.

- More information – including full travel details – can be found in the articles on the left.

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for Sunday’s game and no more will be available to purchase.

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 Sunday.

The game has been selected for live television coverage, so there will be no live 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 a list of overseas EFL broadcasters.

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 Monday.

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

Sunderland are the narrow 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to lift the trophy, while Pompey can be backed at 10/11.

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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