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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v ACCRINGTON

4 December 2015

All you need to know about cup clash

Pompey and Accrington put their promotion bids to one side this weekend and try to book a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Blues have not been in the hat with the Premier League sides since they were relegated from the Championship in 2012.

Stanley, meanwhile, have not remained in the competition after Christmas since reaching the fourth round in 2010.

They currently sit fourth in the League Two table, one point above Pompey and with a game in hand on everyone else in the top eight.

Accrington have won five of their last six matches – a run that includes their 3-2 first round victory over York and a 5-1 league triumph over the same opposition.

Highly-rated midfielder Josh Windass – who has been linked with a move elsewhere in January – leads their scoring charts with 11 goals.

Pompey have previously met Stanley three times in the FA Cup, beating them 5-2 in 1925 before requiring a replay to progress in 1959.


TEAM NEWS
Gary Roberts and Matt Tubbs (both ankle) are still sidelined, while the game could come too soon for Paul Jones (knee).

Caolan Lavery has not been given permission to play in the FA Cup by parent club Sheffield Wednesday, but all of Pompey's other loan players are available for selection.

Defender Dean Winnard is suffering from an illness, but Accrington otherwise have a clean bill of health.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 3 Wins
Accrington: 1 Win
4 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 Wins
Accrington: 1 Win
1 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 0
Accrington 0
League Two
September 5 2015


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Gareth Evans think about Saturday’s match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Enda Stevens.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park 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, while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here. From 11am on the day of the game, they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End.


BETTING
Pompey are evens favourites to progress with Sky Bet, while Accrington can be backed at 13/5.

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.


OTHER EMIRATES FA CUP TIES
Tonight
Salford v Hartlepool (7.55pm)

Saturday 
Barnet v Newport
Chesterfield v Walsall
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe
Millwall v Wycombe
Northampton v Northwich
Sheffield United v Oldham
Stourbridge v Eastleigh
Yeovil v Stevenage

Sunday
Rochdale v Bury (12pm)
Bradford v Chesham (2pm)
Cambridge v Doncaster (2pm)
Colchester v Altrincham (2pm)
Dag & Red v Whitehawk (2pm)
Exeter v Port Vale (2pm)
Oxford v Forest Green (2pm)
Peterborough v Luton (2pm)
Welling v Carlisle (2pm)

Monday
Grimsby v Shrewsbury (7.45pm)


LAST ROUND

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