Lee Johnson will be looking for a reaction after 2 very disappointing performances, which saw Sunderland’s winless streak move up to 3 games making this match all the more important to keep Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes alive!
The Black Cats currently sit in 3rd place of the Sky Bet League 1 table, only outside the top 2 on goal difference.
However, the teams around Sunderland have games in hand, including Wigan, who have 4 games in hand, despite being above the lads on goal difference.
It is starting to feel like every game from now until the end of the season is going to be a must win as Sunderland try to keep pressure on the teams around them as they play catch up with their games in hand.
Our latest signing of the transfer window, Danny Batth from Stoke City should be in contention at the weekend and he could prove vital to shore up, what has been a leaky defence in recent weeks.
Sunderland’s form against Portsmouth hasn’t been great in recent years, losing 3 of their last 4 against Pompey and, of course that heartbreak at Wembley.
Portsmouth, who currently sit 9th in the table, are also without a win in 3 matches in all competitions, drawing their last game 0-0 against Wimbledon.
Portsmouth’s away form of late has been pretty good in the league, winning 3 and drawing 2 of their last 5 away from home.
Sunderland and Portsmouth are 2 of the biggest clubs in League 1, and it shows when we face each other as fans from both clubs turn up in their numbers to produce an electric atmosphere.
The last time we faced each other was back in October 2021 at a packed out Fratton Park.
Despite it being horrendous conditions, and the pitch being on the verge of waterlogged.
It was a terrible performance from the lads as Sunderland got battered 4-0 thanks to goals from Marcus Harness, Lee Brown and a brace from striker John Marquis, who has recently left the club to join fellow League 1 club Lincoln City on a short term deal.
Sunderland have had a well needed week off, which hopefully has given the players chance to regroup and produce a much needed fighting performance against a Portsmouth team who are also out of form.
Games played – 112
Sunderland – 40
Drawn – 35
Portsmouth – 37
Score – 2-0 Sunderland
Goal Scorers – Ross Stewart and Leon Dajaku
Attendance – 32,119