Portsmouth vs Sunderland betting tips: League One play-off semi-final second leg preview & predictions

Portsmouth vs Sunderland prediction: Portsmouth 2-0 Sunderland

There was never going to be too much between these giants of English football was there.

Even after the first leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday night, it is still no clearer who’ll be at Wembley.

Pompey thought they should have had a penalty early on when Tom Flanagan appeared to knock over Oli Hawkins.

Nothing given.

In the first few minutes of the second half, an outstanding save from Craig MacGillivray kept out Sunderland captain George Honeyman’s close range header.

However, there was nothing he could do about this.

Chris Maguire’s smashed in a superb volley just after the hour mark.

The Stadium of Light erupts.

Advantage Sunderland.

However, just 5 minutes after that, Alim Öztürk was sent off for the home side for bringing down Gareth Evans.

Evans himself then struck the crossbar from the resulting free-kick.

Nevertheless, despite only having 10-men, Sunderland held on and they head to the South Coast with the lead.

Can Portsmouth turn this tie around?

Official highlights of Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

Portsmouth vs Sunderland: Who will win?

Portsmouth must win this match to have any chance of going through and they are 13/10 to do just that.

Sunderland’s last win at Fratton Park was in 1997 but they are 23/10 to change that.

A draw, which Jack Ross would be delighted with, is 21/10.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score no is 4/5.

Portsmouth to win and both teams to score no is 5/2.

The tie to be settled on penalties, just as the EFL Trophy Final was, is 7/1.

Pompey are 7/4 to qualify with Sunderland 2/5 to make Wembley.

Max Power

GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 22: Max Power of Sunderland battles for possession with Billy Bingham of Gillingham during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Jamal Lowe scored 17 goals this season and could be a threat. He is 9/2 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime.

Oli Hawkins will lead the line for Portsmouth. He is 11/2 to score first and 12/5 to score anytime.

Chris Maguire’s volley settled the first leg. He is 7/1 to break the deadlock once again and 3/1 to get his 1oth of the season.

Aiden McGeady could be back from injury. He scored both goals in the meeting in the EFL Trophy Final and is 13/2 to score first and 14/5 to score anytime.

Both Omar Bogle and Jamal Lowe to score is 9/1.

Both Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe to score is 11/1.

Both Charlie Wyke and William Grigg to score is 12/1.

Both Chris Maguire and Aiden McGeady to score is 18/1.

Portsmouth vs Sunderland: Match preview

Portsmouth’s underwhelming form continued in the first leg.

It’s now four games without a victory for Kenny Jackett’s side who have had a very good season over all.

In March, they won the EFL Trophy on penalties, beating Sunderland in the Final.

Also, they led the way in League 1 between September 29 and January 29 before eventually dropping down to finish fourth.

It must be noted, Portsmouth were champions of League 2 just two seasons ago as they continue their climb up the league ladder.

There were only three points between these two sides in the league table and there was never going to be to be much between them in this tie.

Portsmouth did win 12 of their 23 home games in the regular league season.

Sunderland going straight back up?

After back to back relegations, Sunderland were always going to come into this season in League 1 as the favourites to go straight up.

However, it is never that easy.

They have not been in an automatic promotion spot since November and the play-offs always looked an inevitability.

However, after Christmas they went on a 19-game unbeaten run before an unbelievable 5-4 home defeat to Coventry all but ended their automatic hopes.

Nevertheless, in this tie, Jack Ross will be delighted that his side are taking a lead to Fratton Park so can they hold onto it?

In their history Sunderland have lost at Wembley in the FA Cup Final, League Cup Final, Charity Shield, Championship play-off Final and, as of this season, the EFL Trophy Final.

Will they be adding the League 1 play-off Final to their (less than) impressive collection in a few weeks time?

They have to get their first.

Portsmouth team news vs Sunderland

Kenny Jackett’s squad is nowhere near the size of Sunderland’s but it does possess really quality.

He’s expected to make just one change from Saturday.

Craig MacGillivray will be in goal; he’s kept 16 clean sheets in 54 appearance this season.

As always, Matt Clarke will be at centre-back; he’s started 98% of their matches this season.

He’s expected to be alongside Christian Burgess who had started 16 matches in a row before two weekends ago.

Anton Walkes will be preferred to Lee Brown at left-back.

In midfield, Tom Naylor will offer protection for the back four.

Out wide, Jamal Lowe will be a threat having scored 17 goals and provided 9 assists this season.

Jamal Lowe has also been directly involved in 8 goals in his last 11 appearances (5 goals, 3 assists)

On the other side Ronan Curtis has 12 goals and 13 assists this season.

Impressive numbers.

The experienced Brett Pitman is likely to drop out with Omar Bogle coming in.

Oli Hawkins, who scored the winning penalty against Sunderland in the EFL Trophy Final, will once again lead the line.

David Vaughan, who spent last season at Sunderland, will be on the bench.

Will this XI turn this match around?

Sunderland team news vs Portsmouth

As for Sunderland, this week has provided good news for them team wise.

Jack Ross has a big squad and, as always, has some big decisions to make for this humungous game.

Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has been an ever present, starting all 46 league matches this season.

Luke O’Nien will start ahead of Adam Matthews at right-back

At centre-back, Alim Öztürk was sent off in the first leg but that has since been rescinded so he is eligible to play.

That’s a massive boost.

In midfield, Lee Cattermole will once again play a key role; he’s scored a career best seven goals this season.

His partner will be Max Power with Grant Leadbitter missing out.

Aiden McGeady missed the first leg through injury but it is expected that he’ll be fit.

If he is fit, Lynden Gooch is likely to drop out.

Duncan Watmore is still out after suffering a horrific knee injury against Wycombe in November.

Up front, there was a massive overhaul in January.

Their plans were in tatters when Josh Maja, who’s still their top scorer with 16 goals, left for Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux.

However, they signed Will Grigg from Wigan on deadline day and he’s scored four league goals from the Black Cats.

However, super sub Chris Maguire is likely to get the nod up front ahead of Grigg and Charlie Wyke who started the first leg.

Tottenham loanee Kazaiah Sterling could also be a threat off the bench.

Can this side guide Sunderland back to Wembley?

Predicted Portsmouth line-up vs Sunderland

Predicted Portsmouth line-up vs Sunderland

Predicted Portsmouth line-up vs Sunderland.

Predicted Sunderland line-up vs Portsmouth

Predicted Sunderland line-up vs Portsmouth

Predicted Sunderland line-up vs Portsmouth.

The latest tweets from Portsmouth pre Sunderland

The latest tweets from Sunderland pre Portsmouth

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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