Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Fratton Park when Portsmouth and Sunderland square off against each other at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon. The Pompey have been performing below expectations in the first half of the season, and, as a result, they dropped to 13th place in the standings. Since Portsmouth failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Burton on Tuesday evening, we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Reeco Hackett-Fairchild is pushing for a start after finding the net in the midweek defeat. The Black Cats, on the other hand, climbed to top position thanks to a thrilling 5-0 win over Cheltenham Town. The league leaders aim to extend their winning run to three games, and they should take advantage of Portsmouth’s poor form. All Jordan Willis, Denver Hume, and Lynden Gooch are likely to miss the game with injuries for the away team.
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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.