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2 June 2016

A look at Pompey's 2016/17 opponents


It was a case of so near, yet so far for Accrington last season, as failure to beat Stevenage on the final day saw them miss out on automatic promotion.

They then suffered an extra-time defeat to AFC Wimbledon – who grabbed the final spot in League One – in the play-offs.

Manager: John Coleman

Ground: Crown Ground

Nickname: Stanley

Distance from Fratton Park: 275.1 miles

Estimated drive time: 4 hours 29 minutes

2015/16 position: 4th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 28/1

Pompey v Accrington last season: D 0-0 (H), W 3-1 (A)


It was a comfortable first season back in the Football League for Barnet, who secured a mid-table finish.

They are led by former Pompey midfielder Martin Allen, who made 46 appearances during his time at Fratton Park in 1990s.

Manager: Martin Allen

Ground: The Hive

Nickname: Bees

Distance from Fratton Park: 84.9 miles

Estimated drive time: 1 hour 47 minutes

2015/16 position: 15th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 50/1

Pompey v Barnet last season: W 3-1 (H), L 0-1 (A)


Pompey fans can empathise with the fate of their Blackpool counterparts, who saw their side relegated to the fourth tier last term having played Premier League football as recently as 2011.

That led to the departure of Neil McDonald as manager, with Gary Bowyer becoming their eighth boss in the past four years.

Manager: Gary Bowyer

Ground: Bloomfield Road

Nickname: Tangerines

Distance from Fratton Park: 283.2 miles

Estimated drive time: 4 hours 35 minutes

2015/16 position: 22nd in League One

2016/17 title odds: 12/1

Pompey v Blackpool last season: N/A


Cambridge were unable to break into the play-offs last season, despite ending the campaign with an eight-match unbeaten run.

Pompey have won their past five meetings with United and netted nine times on their two most recent visits to the Abbey Stadium. 

Manager: Shaun Derry

Ground: Abbey Stadium

Nickname: The Us

Distance from Fratton Park: 137.6 miles

Estimated drive time: 2 hours 41 minutes

2015/16 position: 9th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 14/1

Pompey v Cambridge last season: W 3-1 (A), W 2-1 (H)


A play-off berth looked on the cards for the Cumbrians at one stage of the season before they eventually had to settle for 10th spot.

But that is still some achievement when you consider that terrible flooding in December meant they had to play ‘home’ games at Preston, Blackburn and Blackpool.

Manager: Keith Curle

Ground: Brunton Park

Nickname: Blues

Distance from Fratton Park: 351.5 miles

Estimated drive time: 5 hours 35 minutes

2015/16 position: 10th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 20/1

Pompey v Carlisle last season: D 2-2 (A), W 1-0 (H)


Cheltenham regained Football League status at the first attempt after romping to the National League title last term.

They lost just once at home all season and finished with 101 points – 12 clear of nearest challengers Forest Green.

Manager: Gary Johnson

Ground: Whaddon Road

Nickname: Robins

Distance from Fratton Park: 114.9 miles

Estimated drive time: 2 hours 6 minutes

2015/16 position: 1st in National League

2016/17 title odds: 25/1

Pompey v Cheltenham last season: N/A

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