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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v COLCHESTER

19 August 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

It is a welcome return to Fratton Park for Pompey when they face Colchester on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Paul Cook’s side have been on the road for their last three matches, picking up just a single point and also exiting the EFL Cup.

So they will be hoping that home comforts can help secure a first victory of the 2016/17 campaign.

Their opponents are back in the fourth tier for the first time in 18 years following their League One relegation last term.

But there has been no hangover for the Essex side, who currently sit third in the table at this early stage.

An opening day draw at Hartlepool has been followed by back-to-back home triumphs over Cambridge and Grimsby.

Brennan Dickenson netted three goals in those last two games, putting him at the top of the League Two scoring charts.

Manager John McGreal played with Cook at Tranmere, but does not have fond memories of his last trip to Fratton Park.

The defender was sent off while playing for Ipswich in September 1999 in a Division One clash that finished 1-1.

Pompey have only won one of their previous eight meetings with Colchester, who won 3-2 on their most recent journey to the south coast in 2013.


TEAM NEWS
Matt Clarke (groin), Ben Close (hamstring), Brandon Haunstrup (collarbone) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still out, but Paul Cook has no new injury concerns.

Matt Briggs is sidelined for the visitors after undergoing a hip operation, while Owen Garvan will not feature having only just returned to fitness.


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


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 1 Win
Colchester: 5 Wins
2 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 1 Win
Colchester: 2 Wins
1 Draw


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought from the booths behind the Fratton End, which open at 11am on Saturday.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live 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 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 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/2.

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 Exeter
Blackpool v Wycombe
Cambridge v Carlisle
Cheltenham v Doncaster
Crawley v Barnet
Grimsby v Leyton Orient
Hartlepool v Notts County
Newport v Crewe
Plymouth v Mansfield
Stevenage v Luton
Yeovil v Morecambe

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