Portsmouth vs Sunderland
England – League One Playoff
Date: Thursday, 16th May 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Fratton Park (Portsmouth).
Portsmouth couldn’t capitalize on the man-advantage in the first leg, as Sunderland had to play with ten men owing to a red card in the 67th minute. Sunderland was leading by a goal then, and though Portsmouth made a double substitution right after the sending off, the hosts held on to their slender lead.
Coming to this tie, while Portsmouth will surely be cursing their missed opportunity, they do have plenty to build on from here. The team has a fabulous record at home and lost just thrice in the last seven months. The team is also determined to make it to the Championship after they missed out on a direct-promotion spot by a whisker.
Portsmouth vs Sunderland Head-to-head (h2h)
- Seven of the last nine wins at this venue went to Portsmouth.
- Portsmouth holds a 100% unbeaten record at this venue.
- Eight of the last nine games had goals from both teams.
- Seven of the last eight matches at this venue had goals from either side of the pitch.
Portsmouth vs Sunderland Prediction
Sunderland does have the aggregate lead in the tie, but it’s just for one goal, and they have always suffered at this venue. Portsmouth has a 100% unbeaten record at this stadium and has always netted goals here against this opponent. Also, five of the last seven meetings between these teams at this stadium had the hosts scoring two or more goals.
Going on, Sunderland was winless in 12 of their last away ties, while Portsmouth won 10 of their last 15 matches. At home, the former has lost just three times in the last seven months. With the hosts trailing in the aggregate, count on them to come strong, and take control of the proceedings.
But do note that, eight of the last nine h2h matches had both teams on the scoresheet, and so did seven of the last eight at this venue. In fact, only one encounter at this stadium has failed to satisfy this particular stat, and the game was more than ten years ago.
Sunderland does have the mental edge of the goal, and they will take advantage of the spaces left behind by the hosts in search of the equalizer. Expect either team to find goals.
Portsmouth vs Sunderland Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1)
Draw No Bet: Portsmouth @ 1.60 (3/5).