Jack Ross' play-off dilemma, Sunderland's Portsmouth hoodoo plus Charlton boss make surprise admission: League One play-off preview

Sunderland, Portsmouth, Charlton and Doncaster will hope to seal a place in the League One play-off final this week - but what can we expect?

Thursday, 16th May 2019, 09:26 am
Sunderland will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final against Portsmouth.

We take a closer look at the crucial second leg semi-final ties which will take place over the next two days:

The Sunderland man was forced to withdraw from the starting XI on Saturday due to his ongoing foot injury. Black Cats boss Jack Ross didn't rule out a return for the second leg, saying "we'll wait and make a sensible decision."
Pompey also have injury concerns and are monitoring the fitness of defender Lee Brown and forward Brett Pitman, who both missed the first leg. The pair were due to have late fitness tests on Wednesday.
Ross could have a late joker card up his sleeve with forward Duncan Watmore back in training. "It gives us something else to ponder ahead of the game on Thursday." said Ross earlier this week.

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EFL pundit Don Goodman is expecting another close encounter at Fratton Park. "What we saw the other evening is an example of two teams that know each other incredibly well that have earned how to nullify each others' strengths."
The Black Cats have't won at Portsmouth in their last seven visits to the south coast (D2 L5). Sunderland's last win at Pompey came in November 1997.
The Charlton striker is in red hot form after netting nine goals in his last 10 starts for the Addicks. Taylor has now scored 25 goals in all competitions this term.
With his side 2-1 down from the first leg, Doncaster boss Grant McCann said his side will go for the jugular at the Valley on Friday night. Charlton have not lost a league game on home soil since October.
The Charlton boss switched to a back three for the game at the Keepmoat. The Addicks have predominantly played with a back four this term but have adapted throughout the season.
Bowyer admitted his side won't be practising penalty kicks ahead of the contest. I dont think you can re-create it, he said. Ive missed about two or three in those situations."
The Doncaster frontman has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season but couldn't find the net in the first leg. Marquis scored in both of Donny's last two league games but only scored one in 11 before that.