Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett isn’t worried about facing Sunderland so early in the season and is excited for the trip to Wearside.
The two sides are expected to be at loggerheads at the top of the League One table again after forming a mini-rivalry last season.
The pair played each other five times with Pompey coming out on top in the Checkatrade Trophy final only for Sunderland to gain their revenge in the play-off semi-finals.
But while the Black Cats have kicked off their League One campaign with two draws, Jackett’s side have already amassed a maximum six points from their opening two games.
And he is looking forward to the challenge of renewing hostilities with Jack Ross’ side in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
“I don’t really worry about things like that, you’ve got to play them some time and whether you’re ready or they are, it’s got to be faced and that’s it,” Jackett told the Portsmouth News.
“It’s one of the games you look forward to, certainly it is a big challenge and a hard game but it’s a great stadium and a big club and TV game as well, so a great stage for us, we’re looking for it.
“I’m sure they will be there or thereabouts and have ambitions to do well.
“I am looking forward to the game. Both sides have changed slightly since last year, fresh season as well.
“Any time you go up and play Sunderland it’s something to look forward to but similarly a big challenge to try to get a result.”