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MATCH PREVIEW: NEWPORT v POMPEY

24 December 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

The presents will all have been opened by the time Pompey take to the field at Newport on Boxing Day.

But away supporters will be hoping to unwrap three more points on the road and receive plenty of festive cheer.

Their opponents are rooted to the bottom of the League Two table and are currently four points adrift of safety.

Warren Feeney was sacked as manager at the end of September after leading County to just one victory in their opening 11 games in all competitions.

His replacement was the former Stevenage, Preston and Peterborough boss Graham Westley and a run of three successive league wins suggested that the tide was turning.

But they have not tasted success again in more than a month and missed out on a dream FA Cup trip to Liverpool following an extra-time defeat to Plymouth earlier in the week.

Pompey have lost all of their Fratton meetings with Newport since suffering relegation to the fourth tier in 2013.

But there has been more joy in south Wales, with Matt Tubbs netting the only goal of the game in last season’s encounter.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main (abdominal) is still out for Pompey, who otherwise have a full strength squad to choose from.

Lenell John-Lewis, Joss Labadie and Jamie Turley (all knee) are sidelined for Newport, but Sean Rigg is available after serving a three-game ban.


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


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 Wins
Newport: 13 Wins
6 Draws

At Newport
Pompey: 5 Wins
Newport: 7 Wins
3 Draws


TICKETS
Pompey have sold their allocation of tickets and no more will be available to buy at Rodney Parade on the day of the game.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Rodney Parade from 2.30pm on Boxing Day.

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 Tuesday.

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


BETTING
Pompey are 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 4/1.

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


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Leyton Orient v Crawley (1pm)
Cheltenham v Barnet
Crewe v Carlisle
Grimsby v Accrington
Hartlepool v Blackpool
Luton v Colchester
Mansfield v Morecambe
Notts County v Doncaster
Plymouth v Wycombe
Stevenage v Cambridge
Yeovil v Exeter


LAST RODNEY PARADE MEETING

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