Portsmouth v Sunderland Predictions & Betting Odds – 16th May 2019

Pompey to prevail on home soil

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Portsmouth v Sunderland Betting Tips – League One Play-offs, 16th May 19.45pm

Portsmouth and Sunderland clash in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final at Fratton Park on Thursday evening. The Black Cats have a narrow advantage in the tie after a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light last Saturday. These two sides were only separated by three points during the regular season, and Thursday’s play-off encounter is expected to be another close matchup between the pair. Who will book their place in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium?

Portsmouth v Sunderland Betting Odds*

Portsmouth 13/10
Draw 12/5
Sunderland 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 15th, 2019 at 10:20 a.m.)

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Portsmouth News and Form

Despite playing over 20 minutes against ten men last Saturday, Portsmouth fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat. It was a nervy tie at the Stadium of Light, with a goal from substitute Chris Maguire proving to be the difference between the evenly matched teams. Alim Ozturk was sent off for the home side, but Pompey failed to capitalise.

Portsmouth have been very solid at Fratton Park this season, but they have failed to win any of their last two on home turf. After losing 3-2 to Peterborough United, which ended their automatic hopes, Kenny Jackett’s boys ended their campaign with a 1-1 home draw with Accrington Stanley. Overall, Portsmouth had a record of 12 wins, seven draws and four defeats at home in the league.

 

Clean Sheet
Portsmouth13/8
Sunderland23/10

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Before ending their season with a draw and a defeat before losing to Sunderland in the play-offs, Pompey had won seven League One games in a row. Their squad is glittered with experience and quality, and Jackett’s men are certainly capable of turning this one around. The hosts are priced at 13/10 to win on the night and 7/4 to qualify.

Portsmouth v Sunderland Head to Head

Sunderland’s win last week was their first victory over Pompey in over a decade

Portsmouth have lost just one of the last ten meetings

Pompey beat the Black Cats 3-1 at Fratton Park in the regular season back in December

Sunderland’s last victory at Fratton Park was way back in 1997

 

Key-Facts – Portsmouth v Sunderland

  • Only Pompey had a better away record than Sunderland in this season’s League One
  • Portsmouth have lost just once at home since January
  • The Blacks Cats have lost their last two away games

 

Sunderland News and Form

Before last Saturday’s first leg win, Sunderland had ended their League One campaign with two defeats and two draws from their last four matches. Meanwhile, the Blacks Cats won just one of their last seven regular season fixtures. Away from the Stadium of Light, Jack Ross’ side have lost their last two, falling to defeats at Fleetwood Town and Southend United (both 2-1).

On the whole, the Blacks Cats have been superb away from home this term. Only Portsmouth picked up more away points (45) in this year’s League One, as Sunderland won ten, drew nine and lost just four of their 23 away league matches, picking up an impressive 39 points along the way.

As expected, it was a tight and tense first leg at the Stadium of Light, with not too much goalmouth action. However, the Mackems stepped up the pace in the second period, with Maguire’s 62nd-minute goal breaking the deadlock in Wearside. Even though Ozturk was sent off shortly after, Ross’ boys held on for a vital win.

After back-to-back relegations, Ross has certainly brought the fell-good factor back to the Stadium of Light, but Sunderland are not there yet. The Black Cats have plenty of work to do at Fratton Park, though the visitors are priced at just 2/5 to go through to Wembley.

Portsmouth v Sunderland Tips & Odds

Portsmouth to win and both teams to score at 4/1
Over 2.5 goals at 5/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 15th, 2019 at 10:20 a.m.)

Portsmouth v Sunderland Predictions

Portsmouth win: Unlike the first leg, I can see this one being a far more open affair. Portsmouth need a goal, so Jackett’s side should take the game to their guests right from the very start. Sunderland will do their best to contain the home team at Fratton Park, but I fancy Pompey to nick it. Put a few quid on Portsmouth to win and both teams to score at 4/1. I also like the look of over 2.5 goals at 5/4.


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