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MATCH PREVIEW: EXETER v POMPEY

26 August 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey will look to make it back-to-back victories when they travel to Devon to take on Exeter this weekend.

Their opponents similarly recorded a first league win of the season by seeing off Accrington last Saturday.

But Paul Tisdale’s side were also in EFL Cup action during the week, taking the lead against top-flight Hull at St James Park before eventually losing 3-1.

Only Cambridge are keeping the Greicans off the foot of the League Two table following a slow start to the 2016/17 campaign.

They lost their opening three fixtures before finally getting off the mark against Stanley, courtesy of goals from Ryan Harley and Jake Taylor.

Exeter enjoyed plenty of success against Pompey last season, remaining undefeated in three meetings between the sides.

They beat a youthful Blues side in the Football League Trophy and then won at Fratton Park in the league a few weeks later.

It looked like Paul Cook’s side were heading for three points at St James Park, only for Ollie Watkins to grab a late leveller.


TEAM NEWS
Matt Clarke (groin), Brandon Haunstrup (collarbone) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are still out, but Ben Close is back in full training.

Former Pompey loanee Lee Holmes is set to miss out for Exeter with a foot injury, while Troy Archibald-Henville (groin) is a doubt.


QUOTE
Read what Paul Cook and Danny Rose have to say about the game or watch pre-match video content on Pompey PlayerHD.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 Wins
Exeter: 5 wins
8 Draws

At St James Park
Pompey: 4 Wins
Exeter: 2 Wins
7 Draws


TICKETS
Tickets are no longer available and cannot be bought at St James Park on the day of the game.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from St James 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, while The News will also have extensive coverage.


BETTING
Pompey are 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 13/5.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign-up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Accrington v Morecambe
Barnet v Carlisle
Blackpool v Plymouth
Cambridge v Luton
Cheltenham v Crewe
Crawley v Notts County
Doncaster v Yeovil
Grimsby v Stevenage
Hartlepool v Newport
Leyton Orient v Mansfield
Wycombe v Colchester


LAST MEETING

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