GRANT LEADBITTER and Chris Maguire return to Sunderland's starting line-up for this evening's play-off decider at Portsmouth.

The Black Cats are defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg, and Jack Ross has opted to make two changes at Fratton Park.

Leadbitter returns to the starting line-up after he was an unused substitute in the first leg, while Maguire steps up to the starting side after coming off the bench to score the only goal of the game at the Stadium of Light.

Lewis Morgan and Lynden Gooch have dropped out of the starting side, so it remains to be seen whether Ross sticks with the same 4-2-3-1 formation he fielded in the first leg.

Aiden McGeady does not feature in the squad, with his foot injury having prevented him from travelling to the south coast, but Duncan Watmore has been named amongst the substitutes.

The two Portsmouth players who were pre-match doubts start, with Lee Brown and Brett Pitman both selected in Kenny Jackett's starting line-up.

PORTSMOUTH (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, Close; Solomon-Otabor, Pitman, Evans; Hawkins.

Subs: Bass (gk), Walkes, Morris, Dennis, Curtis, Lowe, Vaughan.

SUNDERLAND (4-2-3-1): McLaughlin; O'Nien, Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo; Cattermole, Leadbitter; Power, Honeyman, Maguire; Wyke.

Subs: Ruiter (gk), Dunne, Watmore, Matthews, Gooch, Morgan, Grigg