Portsmouth vs Sunderland predictions and betting tips for this Sunday’s televised Check-a-Trade Trophy final on March 31st with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
80,000 fans will descend upon Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Portsmouth take on Sunderland in the EFL Trophy final. The much-derided competition looks set to come to a fantastic conclusion, with two former Premier League sides going head-to-head at the National Stadium. It should be a cracker! See our Portsmouth vs Sunderland predictions below.
This should be a sensational occasion for both sets of fans, and it should be a really decent footballing spectacle. It may be up against stiff competition, with live Premier League football also taking place on Sunday, but it should definitely be worth a watch. Just a point separates these two sides, and the pair could potentially cross swords once again in May at this stadium. Both have a realistic chance of promotion this season, but they also be determined to pick up some silverware on Sunday afternoon. Pompey have found their stride again after a shaky start to 2019, and although they were under the cosh for large parts of their 2-0 win with Shrewsbury, but they came through it, and that’s the sign of a quality side. Kenny Jackett has spoken of the significance of the occasion, and he knows his side will be backed by a huge vocal following. For Sunderland, it’s been a forgettable few years, but Jack Ross has spoken about the opportunity to get the fans back on side here. He’s praised the players, and suggested that their success in this competition so far has gone some way to erase the memories of last season. Sunderland have only lost twice all season, and are incredibly hard to beat. Although they’ve had some scares along the way (vs Wycombe twice), they’ve come through them, and there’s a decent spirit in the squad. These two sides have both been superb, and it’s hard to separate them here. At the time of writing, we haven’t got many clues about the team news, but it could be a game which requires extra time. Draw is the first of our Portsmouth vs Sunderland predictions for Sunday. Neither side will want to make a crucial mistake, and it could be a cagey opening half.
Portsmouth and Sunderland have the highest rate of BTTS games in League One, and although we’ve backed a draw, it’s unlikely to be goalless. Sunderland have netted in all but one of their fixtures this season, with only Barnsley preventing them from finding the net. Meanwhile, Pompey have seen 75% of their games land BTTS, with Portsmouth failing to keep many clean sheets away from Fratton Park. It ended 3-1 when they met earlier in the campaign, and although this isn’t expected to be quite so one-sided, I still think each side can hit the back of the net. It’s available at 4/5, which is very reasonable considering this is a one-off game on an expansive pitch. Both Teams to Score? Yes is the second of our Portsmouth vs Sunderland betting tips.
Sunderland may have Will Grigg missing for this tie, and they will check on the fitness of the striker pre-match. Pompey have got numerous options up top with Brett Pitman back amongst the goals at the weekend. Omar Bogle has been given a starting berth in recent weeks, but Oliver Hawkins could also be given the nod. With that in mind, it may be best to look elsewhere. Gareth Evans always seems to score important goals, and his contribution should be underestimated. He’s netted 12 times this season, and found the net against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. He is also likely to be on penalty duty, and as he doesn’t play up front, his price is always more attractive. Gareth Evans to Score Anytime is the third of our Portsmouth vs Sunderland predictions.
Pompey have been priced up as marginal favourites for this tie, and they can be backed at 31/20 to win this inside 90 minutes. Sunderland are 7/4, whilst the draw is available at 11/5. Portsmouth are narrowly odds-on to lift the trophy here, whilst it’s also 19/20 for Sunderland to return north with some silverware.
It’s 21/20 for Over 2.5 Goals in this tie, and many are expecting goals in this game. It’s 3/4 for Under 2.5 Goals, with 1-1 the likliest score-line if this bet was to land. Those who are fancying an end-to-end 90 minutes can backed Over 3.5 Goals at 5/2.
Jamal Lowe and Omar Bogle are both 9/2 to score the first goal of the game in this one, and they lead the way in the betting. Charlie Wyke is 5/1, the same price as Will Grigg, who may not feature in this game. Aidan McGeady, who is capable of the sublime is priced at 13/2 to open the scoring. Brett Pitman, who netted the second against Shrewsbury last weekend is available at 6s.
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