Papa John's Trophy final 2021: Kick-off time, team news, ticket details, TV information and everything Sunderland and Tranmere Rovers fans need to know
Sunderland are in the Papa John’s Trophy final – and here’s everything you need to know about the big game.
From kick-off times to how to watch the game on TV, we’ve got all the information you need:
When is the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final and what time is kick-off?
The Papa John’s Trophy Final will be played on Sunday, March 14 with a kick-off of 3pm.
It will form part of an EFL Weekender with the delayed 2020 final between Portsmouth and Salford City to be played the day before.
Who will be playing in the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final?
Sunderland will face League Two side Tranmere Rovers in the big game.
Tranmere overcame Oxford United in the first of the two semi-finals, before the Black Cats beat Lincoln City on penalties.
Are there any tickets available for the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final?
No tickets will be available for fans for the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final.
The game is set to be played behind closed doors as per current government regulations.
Is the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final on TV? How can I stream it?
Yes, the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final is on TV.
The fixture will be broadcast on Sky Sports Football, with the broadcast beginning at 2:45pm. Sky are yet to confirm which pundits will cover the game
The game will also be able to stream via Now TV, but will not be available on SAFC.com or via iFollow.
Who is in the Sunderland and Tranmere teams? Are there any injuries?
Sunderland could welcome a number of key players back for the game.
Tom Flanagan and Lynden Gooch are set to be available while Bailey Wright, Benji Kimpioka and Ross Stewart have an outside chance of being fit.
The game is expected to come too soon for Denver Hume, while Aiden O’Brien will be assessed after picking up a knock at Portsmouth.
Jordan Willis and Arbenit Xhemajli are long-term absentees.
Tranmere will be without star striker James Vaughan, who had surgery this week.
Who is the referee for the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final?
Charles Breakspear will referee the game, with Geoffrey Liddle and Stuart Butler his assistants.
Robert Lewis is the fourth official with Stephen Brown acting as reserve assistant referee.
What are the rules for the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final?
The rules that govern the rest of the Papa John’s Trophy will apply to the final – with one notable exception.
If the scores are level at 90 minutes, then a half-an-hour period of extra time will be played before penalties.
Penalties will be taken in the traditional ABAB format.
In previous rounds, there was no period of extra time – as Sunderland found out in their semi-final triumph over Lincoln.
What prize money is available for the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final?
The winners of the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final will earn £100,000, with the runners-up handed £50,000.
This is in addition to the prize money they have already pocketed up to now from earlier rounds of the competition.