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Match Preview: Pompey v Sheffield Wednesday

All you need to know about League One contest

7 December 2021

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Pompey v Sheffield Wednesday

Pompey exited their FA Cup at the weekend, but their form in the league has been mightily impressive.

Danny Cowley’s men are looking to collect three points for the fifth game in succession when they host Sheffield Wednesday this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

It means they sit ninth in the standings after 20 fixtures – a single place and point behind their opponents.

The Owls had the weekend off after their own FA Cup hopes were ended by Plymouth in a first round replay.

They were beaten 3-0 by Hartlepool in their last outing, although it was a much-changed side that exited the Papa John’s Trophy.

Darren Moore’s troops have their own decent record to protect, having not been defeated in League One since the start of October.

You have to go back 18 years to find the last meeting between the two sides, with Wednesday earning a shock 2-1 win on the south coast in April 2003.

That temporarily saw Pompey put the promotion champagne back on ice, although they did secure a place in the Premier League by beating Burnley a few days later.

TEAM NEWS
George Hirst and Joe Morrell both returned to training on Monday after recovering from a sickness bug.

But Louis Thompson is out with an abdominal issue, joining Clark Robertson (hip), Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring), Paul Downing (calf) and Jayden Reid (knee) on the sidelines.

Dennis Adeniran, Marvin Johnson and Liam Palmer could all return for the visitors following a spell on the sidelines.

The Sheffield Wednesday side might feature former Fratton loanees George Byers and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Reeco Hackett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 27 wins
Sheff Wed: 26 wins
14 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 18 wins
Sheff Wed: 9 wins
6 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure a seat for tonight's contest online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters coming to the ground this evening can also purchase tickets from the booth behind the Fratton End.

Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium, with contactless payments will be required in all food kiosks and hospitality areas, as well as for the purchase of tickets.

Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from 5pm.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Christopher Kidd and Damith Bandara
Fourth Official: Carl Brook

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters based in the UK can watch the match live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Those who are based overseas should check local listings to see if the game is being shown in their region. Click here to see a list of the EFL’s international broadcasters.

Please note that because the match has been selected for live television broadcast, it cannot be watched live on iFollow.

However, subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Sheffield Wednesday are the 27/20 favourites with VBET to secure three points, while Pompey can be backed at 19/10.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for tonight’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Tonight
Accrington v AFC Wimbledon
Charlton v Ipswich
Cheltenham v Cambridge
Crewe v Lincoln
Doncaster v Oxford
Fleetwood v Bolton
Rotherham v Gillingham
Sunderland v Morecambe
Wycombe v Burton

Wednesday
MK Dons v Plymouth
Wigan v Shrewsbury

LAST TIME OUT IN LEAGUE ONE

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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Luongo sent off for the visitors at Fratton Park

7 December 2021

Miguel Azeez in action for Pompey against Sheffield Wednesday at Fratton Park
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey and Sheffield Wednesday played out an entertaining goalless draw after heavy rain threatened to halt the League One contest before it had got started.

The Fratton Park surface passed a pitch inspection just over an hour before kick-off and played host to a contest full of chances.

It took a series of fine saves from Bailey Peacock-Farrell to deny the Blues all three points, while Massimo Luongo’s red card saw the visitors finish with just 10 men.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that exited the FA Cup to Harrogate Town at the weekend.

George Hirst – who had recovered from a sickness bug – and Ronan Curtis both returned, with Ellis Harrison and Michael Jacobs making way.

With injuries and illness affecting the squad, there were three members of the academy squad named among the substitutes.

The first half was played at a fast tempo, with both sides carving out some decent opportunities to break the deadlock.

Curtis was unable to keep his shot down after being teed-up by Hirst, who was then denied a penalty after appearing to be tripped in the box by Liam Palmer.

Peacock-Farrell also made a mess of dealing with a Shaun Williams corner and was relieved to see the ball land safe.

The keeper came to the Owls’ rescue soon after, though, sticking out a boot to thwart Hirst, who had received a fine threaded pass from Marcus Harness.

The visitors grew stronger as the half progressed and a wickedly bending strike from Fisayo Dele-Bashiru flew narrowly over.

Bazunu then used his outstretched leg to deal with Lee Gregory’s pass into the mixer after initially struggling to connect with Barry Bannan’s corner.

And a Bannan free-kick was soon flicked on by Gregory, with the ball hitting Palmer and ricocheting past the post.

But it was the Blues who almost broke the deadlock just before the break, as Peacock-Farrell did brilliantly to stop a low Curtis effort from finding the bottom corner.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0

The chances kept coming once the action restarted, although Palmer could head only head a Bannan free-kick down into the turf and see the ball bounce over.

Hirst then flicked on a Reeco Hackett delivery from the left, but it was just behind Harness, who was unable to make a connection.

Hackett then had a go himself and hit an absolute rocket from 20 yards that Peacock-Farrell just about managed to tip over.

And the Northern Ireland international stopper was at it again with an even better save on 66 minutes.

Harness hit a poor corner, but the ball landed back at his feet and a superb delivery was met by a firm Curtis header that was clawed out by Peacock-Farrell.

The visitors were dealt a huge blow when they were reduced to 10 men just a few moments later, though.

Luongo overran the ball and lunged to win it back from Curtis, only to catch the ankle of the Pompey forward.

Referee Sam Purkiss took some time to think about his decision before brandishing a red card to the Australian midfielder.

Pompey set about trying to make the most of their numerical advantage and when Mahlon Romeo’s shot was blocked, a Sean Raggett follow-up cleared the crossbar

Cowley made a change up front for the closing stages, with Hirst making way for Harrison on 84 minutes.

The hosts kept pushing into stoppage-time, with Romeo and Connor Ogilvie having attempts blocked in quick succession.

And Sheffield Wednesday managed to hold the Blues at bay for the final few seconds to ensure they would leave the south coast with a point.

Pompey (3-4-1-2): Bazunu; Freeman, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Romeo, Azeez, Williams, Hackett; Harness; Hirst (Harrison 84), Curtis
Booked: Hackett
Subs not used: Bass, Hughes, Jewitt-White, Gassan, Gifford, Marquis

Sheffield Wednesday (3-4-1-2): Peacock-Farrell; Paterson, Palmer, Johnson; Hunt, Dele-Bashiru, Luongo, Shodipo; Bannan (c); Gregory (Berahino 87), Kamberi (Wing 72)
Sent off: Luongo
Booked: Paterson
Subs not used: Wildsmith, Brown, Byers, Corbeanu, Sow

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 16,472 (1,549 away fans)

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