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country flag League 1 Round Play-Off Final
Sun 26 May 2019 15:00
Referee
Andrew Madley
Weather at KO
weather icon Mostly Cloudy  19oC | Precip: 9% (0 in) | Wind 11.1 mph
Travel Info Charlton Athletic
1/2 hour coach
Distance
16 KM
Travel Info Sunderland
6 hours coach
Distance
452 KM

Charlton Athletic

Last updated: Mon 27 May 2019 08:14
In Brief

Beat Doncaster on penalties to reach the final. Have been in excellent form for more than two months. Igor Vetokele is doubtful.

Looking Back

Charlton scored early on to take a 2:0 aggregate lead in their play-off semifinal clash with Doncaster, but ended up needing penalties to eliminate the Rovers.

The defeat in the previous game ended the Addics' winning run and was a rare blip for them, as their form in the last two months has been impressive.

Looking Ahead

Igor Vetokele missed both of the games against Doncaster but has a chance of being fit for the final.

Apart from the striker, Lee Bowyer has no selection concerns going into the crunch play-off final against Sunderland.

Points of Interest

The second leg of their play-off semifinal against Doncaster was only the second time in 28 games that Charlton conceded more than a single goal in a game.

Sunderland

Last updated: Mon 27 May 2019 08:14
In Brief

Held Portsmouth to a goalless draw to reach the final. Their football leaves a lot to be desired, but they have been getting results. Aiden McGeady is expected to return.

Looking Back

Sunderland played out a cagey goalless draw at Portsmouth, therefore claiming a 1:0 aggregate win in their play-off semifinal clash with Pompey.

The Black Cats have been sluggish for a while. Their league campaign as a whole was a disappointment, given that they were widely seen as being too big for the division and expected direct promotion.

While leaving a lot to be desired going forward, Sunderland were tough to beat throughout the season. They lost only 5 of their 46 league games, the least out of all the sides in the league, including the promoted ones.

Looking Ahead

Aiden McGeady missed the previous four games with a recurring problem but will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness. He is expected to make the squad.

Jack Ross will have no new selection issues to deal with.

Points of Interest

This season's meetings between Sunderland and Charlton saw the Black Cats claim a 2:1 home win and play out a 1:1 away draw. They were winless in six games against the Addics prior to that.

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Sunderland

Last updated: Mon 27 May 2019 08:14
In Brief

Held Portsmouth to a goalless draw to reach the final. Their football leaves a lot to be desired, but they have been getting results. Aiden McGeady is expected to return.

Looking Back

Sunderland played out a cagey goalless draw at Portsmouth, therefore claiming a 1:0 aggregate win in their play-off semifinal clash with Pompey.

The Black Cats have been sluggish for a while. Their league campaign as a whole was a disappointment, given that they were widely seen as being too big for the division and expected direct promotion.

While leaving a lot to be desired going forward, Sunderland were tough to beat throughout the season. They lost only 5 of their 46 league games, the least out of all the sides in the league, including the promoted ones.

Looking Ahead

Aiden McGeady missed the previous four games with a recurring problem but will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness. He is expected to make the squad.

Jack Ross will have no new selection issues to deal with.

Points of Interest

This season's meetings between Sunderland and Charlton saw the Black Cats claim a 2:1 home win and play out a 1:1 away draw. They were winless in six games against the Addics prior to that.

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