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Portsmouth vs Sunderland [League One Play-Offs] 2nd Leg

1 Name: 606 2019-05-16 18:26
Portsmouth vs Sunderland [19:45]

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The Black Cats are just a potential 90 minutes away from Wembley tonight, as they take a 1-0 advantage into the League One play-off semi-final second leg.

Chris Maguire's goal was the difference between the two sides in Saturday's first leg, with Jack Ross and Co buoyed by the news Alim Ozturk's red card was overturned.

Ross will make a late call on Aiden McGeady's fitness ahead of tonight's game, with Duncan Watmore in consideration too.

Match facts
Portsmouth are unbeaten in seven home matches against Sunderland (W5 D2 L0) since losing 4-1 in a second-tier meeting in November 1997.

Sunderland ended the League One season with two away defeats - they had lost just two of their previous 25 away games in all competitions this season (W13 D10 L2).

Portsmouth have never won a play-off match in five attempts (W0 D2 L3), with both of their home games ending in 2-2 draws - against Leicester in 1992-93 and Plymouth Argyle in 2015-16.

The last League One side to overturn a first-leg play-off deficit and reach the final were Yeovil Town in 2012-13 against Sheffield United.
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has never lost a home play-off match (P3 W2 D1 L0) - should Pompey go through to the final, it would be Jackett's fourth play-off final as a manager, with only Neil Warnock having reached more (5).

Sunderland have won 13 away games in all competitions this season - they haven't won more than 13 in a season since 1998-99 under Peter Reid (15 wins).

Including play-offs, Sunderland have received eight red cards in League One this season, the joint-highest tally along with Fleetwood Town.
Chris Maguire has found the net in his previous two League One games, including play-off matches. Maguire hasn't scored in three consecutive Football League games since January 2014 for Sheffield Wednesday.


Portsmouth hope to have defender Lee Brown and forward Brett Pitman fit to face Sunderland in Thursday's League One play-off semi-final second leg.

Brown (Achilles) and Pitman (knee) both missed Saturday's 1-0 first-leg defeat.

Sunderland centre-back Alim Ozturk is available after successfully appealing against his second-half red card at The Stadium of Light.

Midfielder Aiden McGeady is doubtful after he was a late injury withdrawal in the warm-up at the weekend.

Chris Maguire's volleyed goal for Sunderland is all that separates the two sides going into the second leg.

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