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Wembley win can mean so much more than just silverware to Sunderland: Opinion

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Sunderland are set to travel in their numbers to Wembley on Sunday for the EFL Trophy final, with a chance of silverware available. 

The Black Cats are rumoured to be taking around 40,000 fans to the capital, in what promises to be an exciting afternoon against Portsmouth. 

It looks like a fairly even game from the outset, but both teams should use it as a way to get fans on their side and confidence soaring ahead of a run-in. 

Portsmouth have the play-offs to aim for, and Sunderland have their eyes firmly set on the top two, with Barnsley ahead of them. 

Jack Ross’ men will have two games in hand on the Tykes after this weekend, but a win at Wembley could inspire them to push forward in the promotion race. 

It feels like Barnsley and Sunderland have been neck and neck in second and third for a lifetime, with Luton pulling away. 

A few things have prevented both the chance to really stake a claim for the runner-up position, with the Black Cats failing to seize any advantage. 

This game at Wembley, though, could be crucial in terms of confidence for the rest of the season. 

If you think of the Carabao Cup, the winners of that competition very often go on to win the Premier League. 

Look at City last season, and Chelsea the year before, maybe City again this season.

A trophy lift at Wembley does wonders for confidence, so Sunderland should do all they can to win on Sunday. 

If they can do so, it will make them favourites for the top two.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Wembley win can mean so much more than just silverware to Sunderland: Opinion

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