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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v AFC WIMBLEDON

14 November 2015

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey and AFC Wimbledon return to league action on Sunday after encountering differing fortunes in the FA Cup.

While the Blues progressed to the second round by beating Macclesfield, the Dons lost at home to non-league Forest Green.

But Neal Ardley’s side have been in fine League Two form, winning their last three matches against Accrington, York and Hartlepool.

That has seen them rise to 10th in the table, just one point adrift of the play-off spots and three behind Pompey.

Paul Robinson has been a regular face in their defence this term after departing Fratton Park over the summer.

But former Blues team-mate Andy Barcham is currently sidelined with a knee injury and will not feature against his old side.

The Blues have won just one of their four meetings with Wimbledon since they added ‘AFC’ to their name and lost both of last season’s clashes.


TEAM NEWS
Caolan Lavery could return after not being available for last week’s FA Cup triumph over Macclesfield.

But Paul Jones (knee), Gary Roberts (ankle), Jayden Stockley (ankle), Matt Tubbs (ankle) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still sidelined.

Adebayo Akinfenwa and George Francomb have both returned to fitness for the visitors.

Ryan Sweeney is away on international duty, however, while Andy Barcham, Will Nightingale and James Shea are all injured.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 Wins
Wimbledon: 12 Wins
6 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 Wins
Wimbledon: 3 Wins
3 Draws

Last Meeting
AFC Wimbledon 1 (Chorley (og))
Pompey 0
League Two
March 21 2015


REMEMBRANCE
Pompey and AFC Wimbledon will remember all those who have lost their life in conflict with a minute’s silence before kick-off and the home side will wear poppies on their shirts.

D-Day veteran John Jenkins MBE will read ‘For the Fallen’, while Drummer Jason Pitman from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will sound the Last Post.

We will also be remembering all those who tragically lost their lives in Paris on Friday night.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Michael Doyle have had to say about Sunday’s game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Ben Davies.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park from 2pm.

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 Monday.

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 Sunday, they will be available from the booths behind the Fratton End.


BETTING
Pompey are 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to take all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

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
Saturday
Accrington v Newport
Bristol Rovers v Carlisle
Exeter v Carlisle
Luton v Barnet
Northampton v Mansfield
Oxford v Cambridge
Yeovil v Stevenage
York v Plymouth

Sunday
Hartlepool v Leyton Orient (12.15pm)


LAST SEASON

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