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Sunderland vs Portsmouth: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

13:30 GMT+3 31/03/2019
Matt Clarke Portsmouth 02262019
Two of the biggest teams in League One face-off at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy Final

Two sleeping giants in English football return to Wembley on Sunday to face off in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Portsmouth won the FA Cup at the famous ground back in 2008, whilst Sunderland reached the League Cup final there in 2014.

With both teams vying for promotion from League One, a win here could give them the momentum needed to get over the line and reach the Championship.

Game Sunderland vs Portsmouth
Date Sunday, March 31
Time 2:30pm GMT / 10:20am ET
Stream (US) ESPN+

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be streamed on ESPN+

US TV channel Online stream
N/A ESPN+

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on Sky Sports and available to stream on the Sky Go app

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Football Sky Go

Squads & Team News


Position Sunderland squad
Goalkeepers McLaughlin, Ruiter, Stryjek
Defenders

Oviedo, Matthews, James, Loovens, Baldwin, Ozturk, Flanagan, Dunne, Love

Midfielders McGeady, Leadbitter, Cattermole, Watmore, McGeouch, Power, Gooch, Maguie, Honeyman, O'Nien, Morgan
Forwards Grigg, Wyke, Sinclair, Molyneux, Sterling,

Bryan Oviedo is unlikely to play in this one as he hasn't featured since January due to a knee injury. Donald Love is back in training after an injury layoff but is unlikely to start whilst Chris Maguire is also a doubt.

Potential Sunderland starting XI: McLaughlin, O'Nien, Flanagan, Baldwin, Matthews; Cattermole, Leadbitter, Morgan, Power, McGeady; Grigg

Position Portsmouth squad
Goalkeepers McGee, MacGillivray,
Defenders Clarke, Thompson, Brown, Whatmough, Burgess, Walkes, Donohue, Haunstrup, Casey
Midfielders

Lowe, Isgrove, Soloman-Otabor, Naylor, Evans, Thompson, Cannon, Wheeler, Curtis, Close, Morris, Dennis,

Forwards Vaughan, Pitman, Mason, Bogle, Chaplin, Hawkins, 

Portsmouth come into this cup final with a fully fit and available squad.

Potential Portsmouth starting XI: Macgillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Close, Naylor; Evans, Pitman, Lowe; Bogle


Betting & Match Odds


The bookies are struggling to call this one with Portsmouth slight favourites at 31/20, Sunderland are priced at 7/4 and if you fancy the draw it can be backed at 11/5

Click here to see all of bet 365's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.


Match Preview


Both teams in this fixture will be prioritising promotion from League One but a trip to Wembley has to be relished by any side.

The national stadium will be rocking as we are set to see a record attendance for a Checkatrade Trophy final, with both sides completely selling out their allocation over 80,000 tickets.

Sunderland and Portsmouth are both well and truly in the race for promotion and a win here could give either team the momentum needed to put a string of results together.

There will be a new name on the Checkatrade Trophy with neither team ever lifting this piece of silverware in their history, mostly due to the fact they have spend the majority of their history in the top two divisions of English football.

Portsmouth come into this game in great form having lost only one of their last 10 games in all competitions.

Unfortunately for Pompey, one of the only teams in England who can better that record is Sunderland, who have now gone 19 games without a loss, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Portsmouth back in December.