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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v HARTLEPOOL

11 December 2015

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey will look to provide the Fratton faithful with the perfect present on Saturday – three points.

The final home match before Christmas sees Hartlepool make the long trip down to the south coast.

Ronnie Moore just about managed to keep the north-east outfit in the Football League last term.

And they made a bright start to the current campaign, with four successive victories.

Pools have only triumphed three times in the league since then, however, and have lost their last two tests against Mansfield and Oxford.

They were also held at non-league Salford in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, meaning a Victoria Park replay is required next Tuesday for the right to host Derby.

But United will be more concerned with increasing the eight-point gap between themselves and the bottom two.

They have been beaten 1-0 on their last two visits to Fratton Park, though, with Matt Tubbs scoring the winner last term.


TEAM NEWS
Paul Jones (knee), Gary Roberts (ankle) and Matt Tubbs (ankle) are all still sidelined, while Jack Whatmough is not ready for first team action.

Michael Woods could feature for the visitors after recovering from a thigh problem.

But Billy Paynter (Achilles) and Harry Worley (ankle) are both out, while Kal Naismith cannot feature against his parent club.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 5 Wins
Hartlepool: 1 Win
4 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 4 Wins
Hartlepool: 1 Win
0 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 1 (Tubbs)
Hartlepool 0
League Two
February 7 2015


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Danny Hollands think about the match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Michael Doyle.


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 (not online), 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 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 13/2.

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


LAST SEASON

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