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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v CRAWLEY

1 January 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey will look to get their automatic promotion bid back on track when they open 2016 with a home clash against Crawley this weekend.

Saturday’s opponents have lost their last three away matches, including a 2-0 reverse at Wycombe on Monday.

Mark Yates’ men currently sit 13th in the League Two table – a comfortable 15 points clear of the bottom two and five adrift of the play-off places.

A goalless draw with the Blues in Sussex formed part of a five-match unbeaten run at the beginning of the campaign.

But, aside from a fine spell in October that saw four wins in five games, the Reds have not achieved successive triumphs.

They have only tasted success three times on their travels this term, collecting three points at Cambridge (3-0), Newport (3-0) and Hartlepool (2-1).

But they won 2-1 on their only previous visit to Fratton Park for a League One clash in December 2012.


TEAM NEWS
Adam Webster is available for selection after completing a one-match suspension.

Christian Burgess (ankle) and Paul Jones (knee surgery) are both out for the hosts, but Matt Tubbs could feature after returning to training following an ankle problem.

Crawley have been boosted by the news that defender Josh Yorwerth will remain on loan from Ipswich for the rest of the season, but Joe McNerney (knee) and Lanre Oyebanjo (knee) miss out.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Kyle Bennett had to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to watch interviews with the manager and Ben Davies.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 1 Win
Crawley: 1 Win
1 Draw

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 Wins
Crawley: 1 Win
0 Draws

Last Meeting
Crawley 0
Pompey 0
League Two
August 18 2015


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


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here. On the day of the game, they can be bought from the booths behind the Fratton End, which are open from 11am.


BETTING
Pompey are 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/2.

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


LAST MEETING

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