Welcome to our live blog coverage of Sunderland vs Portsmouth from the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats head into today's crunch game on a high, having maintained their unbeaten League One record with a 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.

Phil Parkinson has Tom Flanagan back, while fellow defender Jordan Willis could also return for Sunderland today.

Pompey are in better form after a poor start to the season, winning three of their last four.

James Hunter is at the Stadium of Light for us today to bring you all the latest as it happens.

Pick your side

First things first, pick your Sunderland side to face Portsmouth today.

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Hi everyone and welcome to this afternoon's live blog coverage of Sunderland vs Portsmouth.

It's a grim old October day out there, so why not settle in enjoy what should be a decent game with us?