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MATCH PREVIEW: YORK v POMPEY

19 April 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

It is a big game at both ends of the table when York host Pompey at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday evening.

The visitors are trying to secure a play-off spot, while also keeping one eye on closing the gap on the automatic promotion places.

But the Minstermen’s ambitions are not quite so lofty – they need a win to avoid having relegation from the Football League confirmed.

Even that might not be enough, however, with results elsewhere able to condemn City to a place in next season’s National League.

It is some fall for a side who reached the League Two play-offs in 2013/14 and then finished 11 points clear of the drop zone last term.

So it is probably not much of a surprise that Pompey’s biggest victory of the current campaign was achieved against York.

Marc McNulty bagged a hat-trick in a 6-0 rout at Fratton Park last November, with Ben Davies, Ben Tollitt and Conor Chaplin also on target.

But the Blues have only ever won once at Bootham Crescent – and that came all the way back in 1977.

There have been some miserable trips north since then, including a dire 4-2 defeat in September 2013.


TEAM NEWS
Paul Cook has revealed that a few players are suffering from knocks and Gary Roberts will be assessed after going off injured against Plymouth.

Conor Wilkinson is definitely sidelined with a groin problem, as he continues to wait for his Blues debut.

Defender Dave Winfield is suspended for the hosts after being sent off at Hartlepool on Saturday, while Femi Ilesanmi (hamstring) is a doubt.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook has to say about tonight's game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Michael Doyle.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 5 Wins
York: 7 Wins
3 Draws

At Bootham Crescent
Pompey: 1 Win
York: 5 Wins
1 Draw

Last Meeting
Pompey 6 (Davies, McNulty 3, Tollitt, Chaplin)
York 0
League Two
November 24 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Bootham Crescent from 7pm 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 Wednesday. 

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 at Bootham Crescent from the cash turnstiles, but only terrace places are now available.


BETTING
Pompey are 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 17/4.

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


LAST MEETING

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