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Play-Off Preview: Sunderland v Pompey

All you need to know about Stadium of Light clash

10 May 2019

Sunderland v Pompey

There will be a feeling of déjà vu for many Pompey fans, as they prepare to make the long trip north to Sunderland.

It was just two weeks ago that the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, with Jamal Lowe cancelling out Tom Flanagan’s opener.

Now the Blues are heading back to the north-east for the first leg of the play-offs (7.30pm kick-off), with a spot at Wembley up for grabs.

The two sides have already been to the national stadium this season, of course, with Kenny Jackett’s side emerging triumphant from a penalty shoot-out in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

And Pompey also came out on top in a league meeting at Fratton Park just before Christmas, as Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis and Ben Thompson all scored in a 3-1 win.

There will be a slight feeling of frustration in both camps about missing out on automatic promotion to the Championship.

They are only facing off at this stage because a late goal for Charlton in their final day rout of Rochdale saw them snatch third spot from the Blues on goal difference.

The Fratton faithful are looking for their side to secure Championship football for the first time since 2012.

But the Black Cats are aiming for an instant return, having suffered a second successive relegation after finishing rock bottom last term.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are close to having a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Dion Donohue (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) the only absentees.

Sunderland have no major injury concerns, with Aiden McGeady returning to training after recovering from a broken bone in his foot.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ronan Curtis or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 34 wins
Sunderland: 37 wins
34 draws

At Sunderland
Pompey: 9 wins
Sunderland: 26 wins
17 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets up until 3pm this afternoon, with no sales on the day. Click here for more details.

No tickets have been posted out. They can be collected from the Anson Road ticket office until 7pm this evening or at Sunderland on Saturday.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Alan McLoughlin by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 6.45pm on Saturday.

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 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 Sunday.

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

BETTING
Sunderland are the 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure a first leg victory, while the visitors can be backed at 11/5.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE

Sunday
Doncaster v Charlton (12.15pm)

LAST MEETING


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