Our prediction for this League 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Portsmouth and Sunderland, the two promotion-chasing teams, face each other at Fratton Park on Matchday 31. The Pompey were having their ups and downs in the first half of the season, but they have been impressive in the League One in 2020. Portsmouth are on a three-game winning run in the league ahead of the derby, meaning that the lack of confidence is unlikely to prove to be a big problem for the home side.
The Black Cats, on the other hand, have been impressive at the back of late, with the team keeping clean sheets on regularly basis. Seeing that Portsmouth look sharp at the back as well, we believe that punters can find value in betting on under 2.5 goals. In their last meeting at Fratton Park the two teams played out a goalless draw.
Highlighted Player (Anton Walkes):
Anton Walkes is a product of Tottenham Hotspur football academy. Born in Lewisham, England on February 8, 1997, Walkes is a right-back, who can play in the midfield as well. The English footballer played for the likes of Atlanta United and Portsmouth on loan from 2017 to 2018 before signing a permanent deal with the Pompey at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
Walkes scored only one goal in 24 appearances for Portsmouth in the 2018/2019 League One season, finding the net in a thrilling 5-2 victory at Fleetwood Town. His deal with the Pompey should expire on June 30, 2020 and it has to be noted that his preferred foot is right.
In the 2018/2019 season Anton Walkes won the EFL Trophy with Portsmouth as they defeated Sunderland on penalties in the title game. Walkes came as a substitute for Ben Close in extra-time, spending less than 10 minutes on the field.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.