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MATCH PREVIEW: ACCRINGTON v POMPEY

15 January 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey’s attentions turn back to a promotion push when they visit Accrington this weekend.

Their hosts have played in away games in succession, with a series of postponements meaning they have not featured on their own patch since November 14.

They have as many as four games in hand over other sides in the division and have played three fewer games than the Blues.

But Stanley still occupy the final play-off spot and are only nine points adrift of the top three.

John Coleman’s side were, however, recently rocked by the news that Matt Crooks and top scorer Josh Windass have signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.

Accrington’s last outing was a 3-2 victory at Mansfield a fortnight ago that ended a three-match winless run.

They have already visited Fratton Park twice this season, drawing 0-0 in the league before being defeated 1-0 in the second round of the FA Cup.


TEAM NEWS
Danny Hollands is out for the next few weeks after suffering a fractured fibula, while the game has come too soon for Christian Burgess and Paul Jones continues his recovery from knee surgery.

Matt Clarke is available again after being ineligible for the FA Cup tie at Ipswich, with skipper Michael Doyle also back in contention after being rested at Portman Road.

Top scorer Josh Windass (groin) is a doubt for the hosts, who will also be without Dean Winnard (ankle).


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Gary Roberts had to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to watch video interviews with the pair.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 Wins
Accrington: 1 Win
4 Draws

At Accrington
Pompey: 1 Win
Accrington: 0 Wins
3 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 1 (McGurk)
Accrington 0
FA Cup R2
December 5 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from the Wham Stadium 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 (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TICKETS
Pompey have sold their initial allocation, but fans can buy (cash only) terrace tickets at Accrington on the day of the game.


BETTING
Pompey are 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

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
AFC Wimbledon v Mansfield
Barnet v Carlisle
Crawley v Notts County
Dag & Red v Northampton
Hartlepool v Wycombe
Leyton Orient v Exeter
Luton v Cambridge
Morecambe v Yeovil
Plymouth v Stevenage
York v Newport

Sunday
Oxford v Bristol Rovers


LAST MEETING

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