Sunderland vs Portsmouth
England – League One Playoff
Date: Saturday, 11th May 2019
Kick-off at 19.30 UK/ 20.30 CET
Venue: Stadium of Light (Sunderland).
Two great teams take on each other to get themselves a shot at the Championship. Sunderland finished fifth in the table and missed out on the home advantage for the second leg to the higher-placed Portsmouth. The team really did push for a better standing in the table but came short a meager three points at the end of the regular season.
Portsmouth realizes they will have a tough time this Saturday at the Stadium of Light. Their primary objective will be to not lose this tie and get at least one away goal, which could be utilized to pressurize the opponent in the return fixture.
Sunderland vs Portsmouth Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last eight matches in a row had goals from both teams.
- Two of the last three games had four or more goals.
- The last five straight wins and seven of the last eight went to Portsmouth.
- Four of the last five fixtures had goals from both sides.
Sunderland vs Portsmouth Prediction
Portsmouth has not lost to Sunderland in over ten years, and this is a massive boost of confidence before a playoff game. Especially since the former will have the home advantage for the second and final leg.
The team was also unbeaten in 12 of their last 14 games and won 10 of them. Sunderland, on the other hand, was winless in six of their last seven matches and lost the last two. Portsmouth also won four of their last five away ties and was unbeaten in eight of their last nine.
Expect Portsmouth to not lose this tie. But do keep in mind that Sunderland will try their maximum to take advantage of their home status. Without scoring in this leg, they will have no chance to progress to the next round.
Importantly, the last eight h2h ties in a row had goals from both teams, and four of the last five at this venue as well.
Expect both teams to find the back of the net in this crucial encounter.
Sunderland vs Portsmouth Betting Tips
Double Chance: Portsmouth or Draw @ 1.67 (2/3)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1).