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LEAGUE TWO LOWDOWN: PART THREE

16 June 2016

A look at Pompey's 2016/17 opponents

HARTLEPOOL UNITED

Pools fans will have enjoyed a comfortable mid-table finish last term after seeing their side finish just one place above the relegation zone in 2014/15 season.

Pompey did the double over the north-east outfit – hitting six goals past them without reply – and are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the sides.

Manager: Craig Hignett

Ground: Victoria Park

Nickname: Pools

Distance from Fratton Park: 330 miles

Estimated drive time: 5 hours 22 minutes

2015/16 position: 16th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 50/1

Pompey v Hartlepool last season: W 4-0 (H), W 2-0 (A)


LEYTON ORIENT

Andy Hessenthaler was appointed permanent boss at the start of June, having guided the team for the final five games of last season.

He becomes the seventh different man to take charge of Orient since Francesco Becchetti bought the club in the summer of 2014.

Manager: Andy Hessenthaler

Ground: Brisbane Road

Nickname: Orient

Distance from Fratton Park: 108.6 miles

Estimated drive time: 2 hours 3 minutes

2015/16 position: 8th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 10/1

Pompey v Leyton Orient last season: L 2-3 (A), L 0-1 (H)


LUTON TOWN

Nathan Jones has worked quickly to strengthen his squad after they missed out on the play-offs last season.

He has brought in striker Danny Hylton and defender Johnny Mullins after the duo helped Oxford win automatic promotion last term.

Manager: Nathan Jones

Ground: Kenilworth Road

Nickname: Hatters

Distance from Fratton Park: 96.9 miles

Estimated drive time: 1 hour 45 minutes

2015/16 position: 11th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 9/1

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


MANSFIELD TOWN

Mansfield have been extremely busy in the transfer marker after their mid-table finish in League Two last term.

Boss Adam Murray has already brought in defenders Rhys Bennett and George Taft, wingers CJ Hamilton and Ashley Hemmings, and striker Danny Rose.

Manager: Adam Murray

Ground: Field Mill

Nickname: Stags

Distance from Fratton Park: 208.6 miles

Estimated drive time: 3 hours 33 minutes

2015/16 position: 12th in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 25/1

Pompey v Mansfield last season: D 0-0 (H), D 1-1 (A)


MORECAMBE

The thought of a trip to Morecame will still send a shiver down the spine of Pompey fans following goalkeeper Barry Roche’s last-gasp leveller at the Globe Arena back in February.

League Two sponsors Sky Bet believe the Shrimps are the side least likely to win the fourth tier title, pricing them at 80/1.

Manager: Jim Bentley

Ground: Globe Arena

Nickname: Shrimps

Distance from Fratton Park: 292.4 miles

Estimated drive time: 4 hours 50 minutes

2015/16 position: 21st in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 80/1

Pompey v Morecambe last season: D 3-3 (H), D 1-1 (A)


NEWPORT COUNTY

Newport appeared to be certainties for relegation last term after winning just one of their opening 13 games.

But they improved once John Sheridan replaced Terry Butcher as manager, eventually finishing nine points clear of the drop zone.

Manager: Warren Feeney

Ground: Rodney Parade

Nickname: Exiles

Distance from Fratton Park: 142.3 miles

Estimated drive time: 2 hours 23 minutes

2015/16 position: 22nd in League Two

2016/17 title odds: 50/1

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

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