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16 August 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey complete a week of fixtures on the road by facing Morecambe at the Globe Arena tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

They are still searching for their first victory following league draws with Carlisle and Crewe, and a narrow EFL Cup defeat to Coventry.

The hosts have one more point after goals from Jack Dunn and Michael Rose saw them beat Lancashire rivals Blackpool 2-1 on Saturday.

That came after they lost at Grimsby on the opening day, although they did then knock higher-ranked Rotherham out of the cup to set up a second round clash with Bournemouth later this month.

Morecambe are the bookies’ favourites for relegation this season, despite finishing 12 points clear of the drop zone last term.

The Shrimps drew twice with Pompey during the 2015/16 campaign – and they were both memorable fixtures.

Paul Cook’s men came from three goals down to salvage a point at Fratton Park, with Jayden Stockley grabbing a last-gasp leveller.

But it was Morecambe who enjoyed the late drama in the return match, as goalkeeper Barry Roche converted a stoppage-time corner to cancel out Gareth Evans’ opener.

Jack Whatmough is out after injuring his knee at Crewe on Saturday, but Enda Stevens could return from a groin problem.

Pompey are still without Matt Clarke (groin), Ben Close (hamstring) and Brandon Haunstrup (collarbone).

Read what Paul Cook and Michael Doyle have to say about the game or watch more pre-match content on Pompey PlayerHD.

Pompey: 2 Wins
Morecambe: 1 Win
3 Draws

At Globe Arena
Pompey: 0 Wins
Morecambe: 1 Win
2 Draws

Tickets are no longer on sale from Pompey, but can be bought at Morecambe this evening from the turnstiles (cash only) or ticket office.

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from the Globe Arena from 7pm tonight.

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 Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent, while The News will also have extensive coverage.

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

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