Our prediction for this League 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Portsmouth and Sunderland go head to head at Fratton Park in the League One round 35. Portsmouth have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding six goals in total in back-to-back defeats to Doncaster (1-2) and Northampton (1-4). The Pompey are eager to give fans some cheer, but the game against Sunderland will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Michael Jacobs is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
The Black Cats, on the other hand, will be without Bailey Wright, Jordan Willis, Denver Hume, and Tom Flanagan in the midweek fixture as they remain on the sidelines with injuries. Sunderland, though, look unstoppable at the moment, and we predict that they will take advantage of Portsmouth’s shaky defence. A man to watch in the away team will be Charlie Wyke, who has been scoring goals for fun in the second half of the season.
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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.