The story of the evening as Sunderland ease past Portsmouth in dominant display - and put pressure on League One top two
Sunderland travel to Portsmouth this evening hoping to make it eight games unbeaten in all competitions.
The Black Cats' fine form of late has propelled them back into promotion contention and they currently sit on the periphery of the automatic promotion places after some impressive results.
And victory at Fratton Park this evening could put further pressure on the top two while boosting Sunderland's chances of a return to the Championship.
But while Portsmouth have been out-of-sorts of late, they have always proven a stern test in League One and tonight promises to be no different.
Lee Johnson is hopeful of some late fitness boosts, but could be forced to make do once again with a makeshift back four.
We'll have the latest from the clash via our writers Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly, as we see whether Sunderland can make it three wins on the spin – and claim a first win at Portsmouth since 1997:
FT: Portsmouth 0-2 Sunderland AFC (Wyke 13, Jones 59)
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- Sunderland travel to Portsmouth this evening looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.
- They face a Pompey side who have won just one of their last six league games.
- Lee Johnson may freshen up his side with Wembley on the horizon - with Lynden Gooch in-line to return.
- SAFC XI: Burge; Power, Sanderson, O’Nien, McFadzean; Jones, Winchester, Scowen, McGeady; Wyke, O’Brien