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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v MANSFIELD

23 October 2015

All you need to know about League Two clash

Saturday sees a clash between two of League Two’s high-fliers at Fratton Park.

Pompey currently sit second, although they would have been in top spot without Brett Williams’ pesky late leveller for Stevenage earlier in the week.

Mansfield, meanwhile, are two places and two points lower in fourth and secured victory at Yeovil on Tuesday courtesy of Reggie Lambe’s header in the 10th minute of stoppage-time.

Like the Blues, the success of Adam Murray’s side has largely been built on their away form.

The Stags have won five times on the road, compared to just twice at the One Call Stadium – the same record as Pompey.

Striker Craig Westcarr left Fratton Park for Mansfield over the summer and has netted four times since, putting him joint top of the club’s scoring ranks with Matt Green and Ryan Tafazolli.

Pompey have yet to beat the Nottinghamshire side on the south coast, with all three previous meetings ending in stalemates.

They have beaten them twice away, however, including last season’s 2-1 triumph in April.


TEAM NEWS
Paul Jones (knee), Adam McGurk (ankle), Jayden Stockley (ankle) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all sidelined.

Gareth Evans also misses out as he serves the final game of a three-match ban, while loan goalkeeper Aaron McCarey has returned to Wolves.

Nicky Hunt is available for the visitors after being suspended for the trip to Yeovil, but fellow defender Krystian Pearce is still banned and Malvind Benning is a long-term absentee.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 Wins
Mansfield: 1 Win
4 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 Wins
Mansfield: 0 Wins
3 Draws

Last Meeting
Mansfield 1 (J.Thomas)
Pompey 2 (Tubbs, Wallace)
League Two
April 25 2015


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 Sunday.

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


BETTING
Pompey are 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 7/2.

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


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


LAST SEASON

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