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MATCH PREVIEW: BARNET v POMPEY

23 February 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey travel to Barnet this evening knowing that a positive outcome could see them rise up to fourth in the League Two table.

Their opponents were defeated at the weekend, going down 2-1 at home to an in-form AFC Wimbledon.

But they were unbeaten in four games prior to that and have only lost twice since the turn of the year.

Last season’s Conference Premier champions currently sit 18th and are 11 points clear of the drop zone and 13 adrift of the play-off places.

They are led by former Pompey midfielder and reserve team boss Martin Allen, who can call on the services of ex-Blues players Bondz N’Gala and John Akinde.

The latter failed to find the target during his short stay at Fratton Park in 2013, but has already netted 11 goals so far this season.

Pompey triumphed when they faced the Bees on the south coast back in September, with Conor Chaplin’s brace and an Adam McGurk effort securing a 3-1 triumph.

That was only the third competitive meeting between the sides, with the others both occurring in cup competitions.

Guy Whittingham scored a hat-trick when the Blues triumphed in the FA Cup in 1991, but Barnet gained revenge with a 1-0 League Cup victory 20 years later.


TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans (hamstring) is sidelined for Pompey, while Christian Burgess serves a one-match ban following his red card at Yeovil.

But Conor Chaplin (ankle) and Danny Hollands (leg) have both recovered from injuries and are available for selection.

Bira Dembele (knee), Michael Gash (hamstring) and Gavin Hoyte (knee) are all out for the hosts, while Shaun Batt is also a doubt.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Danny Hollands have to say about the match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Marc McNulty.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 Wins
Barnet: 1 Win
0 Draws

At Barnet
Pompey: 1 Win
Barnet: 0 Wins
0 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 3 (Chaplin 2, McGurk)
Barnet 1 (Yiadom)
League Two
September 12 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from The Hive 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 at midday on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TICKETS
Away supporters will not be able to buy tickets at The Hive tonight, so please do not travel if you have not already bought one.


BETTING
Pompey are 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 19/5.

Click here to read our betting preview and remember to register at www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club whenever you have a flutter.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Accrington v Notts County
AFC Wimbledon v Carlisle
Exeter v Oxford
Yeovil v Plymouth
York v Northampton


LAST MEETING

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