After opening the season with four league games without defeat, Portsmouth’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse and they have not picked up three points since August 17 when they won 1-0 against Shrewsbury Town.
As a result of their poor form, Pompey currently occupy 13th position and have 12 points to their name, but the concern for Danny Cowley is his side have only collected two points in their last six League One fixtures.
Last time out, Portsmouth suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Burton Albion and though Reeco Hackett-Fairchild scored a superb free kick to give his side a lifeline, Pompey were unable to mount a comeback.
A concern for Cowley is that Pompey have started to look vulnerable defensively and they have conceded two goals in each of their last four fixtures.
A positive for Portsmouth is that their home form has been encouraging, as they have won two of their four home league games this term and have only lost once at Fratton Park this season.
Sunderland have enjoyed an impressive start to their campaign, winning seven of their nine league games this term, which has propelled them to the top of League One.
The Black Cats will travel to Fratton Park in a confident mood as they are currently unbeaten in their last six league matches.
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They will be further boosted by their last outing, which saw Sunderland sweep aside Cheltenham Town by a 5-0 scoreline courtesy of a brace from Ross Stewart and goals from Bailey Wright, Luke O’Nien and Leon Dajaku.
Stewart has been a key component of Sunderland’s success this season, as the 25-year-old is The Black Cats’ top scorer with seven league goals this term.
Lee Johnson’s side will look to replicate their last visit to Fratton Park when they managed to run out 2-0 winners last season