Jake: ´Pompey yet again – but by far the most important of the five times we’ve met this season’

Talk about doing it the hard way

We knew the playoffs would be tough and that is how it is turning out, at least for us.

To no great surprise, we take a narrow lead to Portsmouth while Charlton grabbed a straightforward 2-1 win at Doncaster – forget the away goals, or absence of them, since these do not count in the EFL playoffs – and the finalists will be known by the end of this week. Our game is first up, on Thursday night, with Charlton completing what ought to be a formality 24 hours later.

Here’s what we passionately hope will be the penultimate opportunity for Salut! Sunderland readers to predict the outcome of a match this season.

Please let there be one more to come. The tie is effectively at half time and it doesn’t require a great footballing or mathematical brain to work out what Jack Ross and his men need to do and what they need to avoid.

Our winner will be whoever is first to post the correct score as things stand at the end of full time or, if played, extra time. That’s for the customary mug – the Sunderland dressing room design, with the winner choosing five names to appear on the shirts shown, and a suitable alternative should a Pompey fan win. By all means tell us the outcome of a penalty shootout, but the competition will be decided on the final score from normal play or AET.

Enter the prize Guess the Score – whoever you support

Have a go. And Ha’way the Lads: a backs-to-the-wall 0-0 would do nicely, however good it would feel if we could go to the south coast and tonk them. Then we could start looking forward to, or fretting about, another playoff final against Charlton, assuming there’s no shock result at the Valley on Friday night.

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15 Responses to “Portsmouth vs Sunderland: crunch time at Fratton Park with Charlton looking set for the final” Subscribe

  1. Phil D May 13, 2019 at 9:39 am #

    Portsmouth 1 Sunderland 1

    A win over the two legs and another trip to Wembley. To face Charlton? This brings back sad memories. I was there, the last time.

  2. John Mac May 13, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    I have to pick it in the knowledge that one day it will happen.
    Catts, McGuire or McGeady, Wyke, in that order

  3. David Miller May 13, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    A very tense 2-2 draw.

  4. CSB May 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    Portsmouth 1- 2 Sunderland, we just shade it.

  5. malcolm May 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

    Ozturk’s appeal has been successful which is I think the fourth red card we have had rescinded this season. Impossible to say if that decision had any bearing on what the final result might have been but it can’t have helped.

    We must be due for the rub of the green so I’ll go for 2 0 to us but am happy for anyone else, who hasn’t got a mug yet to go for the same score. I’ll happily go mugless if we win.

  6. robert Currie May 13, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

    bob 0-1 to the lads.

  7. Mel Bond May 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

    The eternal optimist says that any win or draw will do but go for 4-1 to the lads

  8. Bill May 14, 2019 at 9:47 am #

    0-0 to the lads

    • salutsunderland May 17, 2019 at 8:07 am #

      A winner, Bill.Will be in touch

  9. Paul May 14, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    3-0 away win. 0-0 after 60 minutes, Pompey throw the kitchen sink, Sunderland hit them on the break. Football is a simple game. Ha ha!

  10. Robert Hutchison May 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

    3-3 MAYHEM !

  11. Terry May 14, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    Portsmouth at home will have goals in them. Not as many as us though. The lads to win 2-3 to set up a Charlton final.

  12. Mike May 14, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    The Lads to win 4-2, we will do it.

  13. Eric012 May 15, 2019 at 8:40 am #

    A 2 – 1 loss after 90, nothing changes after 120. We win penners.

  14. Bill May 16, 2019 at 9:20 pm #

    HaWayyyyyy – I won!!!

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