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Marquis in: The Portsmouth XI we expect Jackett to play v Sunderland on Saturday

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Portsmouth travel to Sunderland this weekend in a reignition of one of League One’s more interesting recent rivalries.

Both sides feel as though they are capable of challenging for promotion this year, that for starters makes this game – despite it being early in the season – an important match.

Meeting five times last season, meanwhile, meant that the two sides certainly got familiar with one another and, to an extent, the needle grew between the pair as the stakes got ever higher.

Of course, it is still early days in the campaign but both will want to get a big three points and Pompey, this weekend’s away side, will be relishing getting a big three points on Wearside.

Here, then, we take a look at the XI we think that Kenny Jackett could look to play and some team news surrounding the clash for the men from Fratton Park.

Summer signing Ryan Williams remains out, with the winger still making his way up to full fitness.

Ross McCrorie and John Marquis should both potentially be available for this one but we think that only Marquis will start this contest.

Kenny Jackett has also said that James Bolton is not far away now, but this game might not need him to come into the side urgently:

Ben Close will be wanting to repeat his cracker against Tranmere whilst Marquis, as mentioned, could come in from the start to replace Ellis Harrison.

Andy Cannon, meanwhile, was replaced by Brett Pitman in that game against Rovers in the second half, but we think he’ll be starting again this weekend.

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