Sunderland host Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon with everything to gain and everything to lose as the end of the League One season nears. Just three games remain for both clubs as the play-offs come into focus.
Portsmouth sit third in League One five points off of first place Luton Town. Portsmouth have a game in hand and could catch Luton Town if results elsewhere go their way.
Sunderland could bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking. The Black Cats are fourth and seven points off of first place. Like Portsmouth, they have a game in hand.
The good news for both clubs is second place Barnsley are within closer reach than Luton Town. Barnsley are just two points ahead of Portsmouth and four above Sunderland.
If Sunderland want to achieve automatic promotion they will need to improve on their recent form. The Black Cats are winless in three of their last four matches. Meanwhile, Portsmouth have won six straight games and go to the northeast of England brimming with confidence.
Sunderland go into the match as the favourites at 11/8. Portsmouth can be backed at 9/4.
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Sunderland look set to be without Bryan Oviedo after he suffered a groin injury earlier this week. Duncan Watmore is also out with an ankle ligament injury. Sunderland may be with both players until the League One playoffs.
Striker Omar Bogle could return for Portsmouth before the end of the season. Bogle had swelling in his knee and ankle last weekend, and it was believed he would miss the remainder of the season. It is now thought he can return to the side after some time off. Bogle has scored four goals in 11 games for Portsmouth.
Both teams to score @ 10/13 - BET NOW
Nine of the last 11 matches between Sunderland and Portsmouth have finished with both teams scoring. The two clubs met this season for the first time since 2010. Both games ended with the teams scoring.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 49/50 - BET NOW
Sunderland and Portsmouth have met twice this season already. Their first meeting in League One resulted in a 3-1 win for Portsmouth. Their second match was played in the EFL Trophy final with it ending 1-1 after 90 minutes. The two clubs traded goals in extra-time before Portsmouth won the EFL Trophy on penalties.
Portsmouth and Sunderland have scored the second and fourth most goals in League One, respectively.
Gareth Evans to score anytime @ 5/1 - BET NOW
Portsmouth midfielder Gareth Evans scored in the first match between the two clubs this season. Evans has tallied 10 goals in 40 games for Portsmouth. The midfielder tends to take Portsmouth's penalties, so if Portsmouth get a spot kick, Evans could be the man to score it.
The two clubs are fighting hammer and tong for promotion and based on form, Portsmouth look the likelier team to achieve automatic promotion. They are in fantastic form and Sunderland have dipped over their last four matches.
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