Portsmouth v Sunderland – Rival camps give their big-match verdicts

Pompey take on League One promotion rivals Sunderland for the right to be crowned Checkatrade Trophy champions in just under two hours.

Sunday, 31st March 2019, 1:51 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st March 2019, 1:56 pm
The Checkatrade Trophy in place at Wembley. Picture by Joe Pepler

And The News’ chief sports writer, Neil Allen, and the Sunderland Echo’s, Phil Smith, have had their say ahead of the Wembley showpiece.

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They give their thoughts on the final and what the occasion means to both clubs 

The Checkatrade Trophy in place at Wembley. Picture by Joe Pepler