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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v PLYMOUTH

15 April 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

The battle for automatic promotion hots up this weekend as Pompey face fellow high-fliers Plymouth at Fratton Park.

Derek Adams’ side are currently sitting fifth in the table, but the Blues will be able to leapfrog them by collecting all three points.

A few weeks ago, Argyle looked certainties to secure a top three spot, sitting eight points clear of the chasing play-off pack at the end of February.

But they have lost five of their last eight fixtures to start slipping down the League Two standings.

They go into Saturday’s game on the back of successive defeats – including a 2-1 reverse at Exeter in the Devon derby.

The Pilgrims have, however, secured an impressive 10 victories on their league travels this term and are one of only three sides – including Pompey – to have won at leaders Northampton.

It was the Blues who came out on top when the sides met at Home Park all the way back in August.

Matt Tubbs and Gary Roberts both scored from the spot to give them a commanding advantage before Plymouth grabbed a late consolation.

Saturday’s visitors have not won at Fratton Park since 1989, with Pompey collecting 16 points from the last 18 available.


TEAM NEWS
Conor Wilkinson is the only absentee for Pompey, as he is still sidelined with a groin injury.

Reuben Reid (thigh) is doubtful for the visitors, who will also be without Ryan Brunt (knee) and Josh Simpson (hamstring), but Tyler Harvey has been recalled from a spell on loan at Bath.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook has to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Christian Burgess.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 Wins
Plymouth: 22 Wins
9 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 16 Wins
Plymouth: 9 Wins
3 Draws

Last Meeting
Plymouth 1 (Wylde)
Pompey 2 (Tubbs, Roberts)
League Two
August 15 2015


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 at midday 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
There are no more tickets available in home sections of the ground.


BETTING
Pompey are 17/20 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 money for the club whenever you have a flutter.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Mansfield v Notts County (1pm)
Accrington v Morecambe
AFC Wimbledon v Crawley
Bristol Rovers v Yeovil
Cambridge v Carlisle
Exeter v Northampton
Hartlepool v York
Leyton Orient v Dag & Red
Oxford v Luton
Stevenage v Newport
Wycombe v Barnet


LAST MEETING

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