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MATCH PREVIEW: NORTHAMPTON v POMPEY

18 December 2015

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey face arguably their toughest test of the season so far when they travel to Northampton this weekend.

Chris Wilder’s Cobblers currently sit at the League Two summit, six points ahead of the fourth-placed Blues.

They are enjoying an excellent run of form, winning their last seven games in all competitions and have not tasted defeat since the middle of October.

That is despite players and staff not getting paid for two months earlier in the campaign, while Northampton were also subject to a winding-up petition.

But the threat of administration has been lifted since former Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas completed his takeover last month.

The sides met three times last term, with each winning on their own patch in the league, while the Cobblers also triumphed at Fratton Park in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

But Pompey were 1-0 victors at Sixfields Stadium the previous season, with Danny East grabbing the only goal.


TEAM NEWS
Gary Roberts (ankle), Matt Tubbs (ankle) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all back in training, but not yet ready to feature.

Christian Burgess (ankle) is also out, while Paul Jones has recently undergone surgery on a knee problem.

Northampton have no fresh injury concerns, although former Pompey winger Ricky Holmes will likely have to settle for a place on the bench.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 15 Wins
Northampton: 8 Wins
7 Draws

At Northampton
Pompey: 5 Wins
Northampton: 6 Wins
3 Draws

Last Meeting
Northampton 1 (Holmes)
Pompey 0
League Two
March 3 2015


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Ben Davies think about the match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Matt Clarke.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Sixfields Stadium from 2pm on Saturday

We’ll 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 extended highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TRAVELLING FANS
Click here for a message from Northampton Town.

Following a recent fire at the Sixfields Tavern, a mobile bar will be open for Pompey supporters next to the South Stand. They will be able to purchase drinks before entering the ground.


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


BETTING
Pompey are 11/10 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 12/5.

Click here to read our betting preview and remember to register at www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club whenever you have a flutter.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Barnet v Crawley
Cambridge v Mansfield
Carlisle v Notts County
Dag & Red v Bristol Rovers
Exeter v Luton
Hartlepool v Plymouth
Leyton Orient v Yeovil
Newport v AFC Wimbledon
Stevenage v Accrington
Wycombe v Oxford
York v Morecambe


LAST SEASON

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