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MATCH PREVIEW: STEVENAGE v POMPEY

PUBLISHED

15:30 17th March 2017

by Neil Weld

All you need to know about League Two clash

Two sides in the hunt for automatic promotion meet at Broadhall Way this weekend.

It is Pompey who currently occupy third spot in the League Two standings and hold the upper hand over hosts Stevenage.

The Hertfordshire outfit are seven points further back in 6th position and will be trying to leapfrog Carlisle and Luton on Saturday.

They were in a fine run of form before suffering a 1-0 defeat at play-off hopefuls Blackpool earlier in the week.

That brought to an end a nine-match unbeaten run – stretching back to late January – that included eight victories.

A draw would certainly not be a disaster for the Blues, but only one of the 18 league contests at Broadhall Way this season has ended in a stalemate.

It was Stevenage who came out on top with a 2-1 triumph when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign.

But Marc McNulty and Kal Naismith scored to earn Pompey a 2-0 victory when they visited Boro last term.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main (knee) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring) are both out for Pompey, while fans will wait to see whether Kyle Bennett (ankle) and Kal Naismith (hamstring) are fit to play.

Veteran goalkeeper Chris Day, 41, is set to deputise for injured Stevenage keeper Jamie Jones, while defender Ron Henry (calf) is a doubt.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Noel Hunt have to say about Saturday’s game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for pre-match video content.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 3 Wins
Stevenage: 4 Wins
2 Draws

At Broadhall Way
Pompey: 2 Wins
Stevenage: 3 Wins
0 Draws


TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available to buy on the day of the game.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Broadhall Way from 2pm on Saturday.

We will also have match updates on Twitter and the Pompey Wall.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, Pompey PlayerHD and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent, while The News will also have extensive coverage.


BETTING
Pompey are 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 16/5.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign-up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Cheltenham v Cambridge
Crewe v Colchester
Grimsby v Crawley
Hartlepool v Wycombe
Leyton Orient v Doncaster
Luton v Exeter
Mansfield v Carlisle
Newport v Blackpool
Plymouth v Morecambe
Yeovil v Accrington

Sunday
Notts County v Barnet


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