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MATCH PREVIEW: GRIMSBY v POMPEY

9 December 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey return from a fortnight break when they visit Grimsby on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Both sides have had two weeks to prepare for the Blundell Park clash following their early exits from the FA Cup.

The Blues are seven places and five points above their 11th-placed opponents, who lost 3-2 at Crawley in their last outing.

But Grimsby have been more successful on the road this season, winning just three times on their own patch.

Leyton Orient (1-2), Crewe (0-2), Hartlepool (0-3) and Cheltenham (0-1) have all left the Mariners’ home with a maximum haul.

Marcus Bignot has been in charge for the past month following the departure of Paul Hurst to Shrewsbury.

His predecessor led Grimsby back into the Football League at the end of last season following a 3-1 victory over Forest Green at Wembley in the play-offs. 

They have not met Pompey since both sides occupied the second tier during the 2002/03 campaign.

Mark Burchill scored the only goal as the Blues went top of the table in August, while there was a more comfortable 3-0 victory at Fratton Park in February. 


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main (abdominal) is still sidelined, while Jack Whatmough misses out with a tight hamstring.

A calf problem will deny Ben Davies the chance to play against his former club, while Sam McAllister (groin) and Dominic Vose (thigh) are also out.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Gary Roberts have to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for pre-match video content.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 37 Wins
Grimsby: 25 Wins
11 Draws

At Blundell Park
Pompey: 9 Wins
Grimsby: 18 Wins
8 Draws


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 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 evens favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 14/5.

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


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


CLASSIC ACTION

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