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MATCH PREVIEW: ACCRINGTON v POMPEY

8 March 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

It is fourth versus fifth at the Wham Stadium tonight as Accrington and Pompey both look to close the gap on the automatic promotion places.

A win for the Blues would leave them six points behind third-placed Plymouth, who still have to visit Fratton Park this season.

This match was originally scheduled to be played in January, but a frozen pitch meant it was postponed a few hours before kick-off.

It was one of a number of Stanley games to have fallen victim to the weather this season, leaving League Two’s surprise package playing catch up.

A hectic schedule has perhaps hindered John Coleman’s side in recent weeks, as they have taken just two points from their last three games.

But Accrington were unfortunate not to beat AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, with referee Trevor Kettle controversially blowing for half-time, just before Billy Kee put the ball in the back of the net.

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.

And Stanley will welcome a host of familiar faces tonight, with Blues boss Paul Cook and assistant Leam Richardson, as well as midfielders Gary Roberts and Kal Naismith, all returning to their former club.


TEAM NEWS
Pompey are close to having a clean bill of health, with only goalkeeper Brian Murphy (calf) currently sidelined.

Accrington are without Terry Gornell (ankle) Josh Windass (hernia), Dean Winnard (chest) and Joe Wright (knee).

Former Blues utility man Rommy Boco will not feature because of a gentlemen’s agreement between the sides.

Stanley are waiting to hear whether they have been successful in appealing goalkeeper Ross Etheridge’s red card against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Gary Roberts have to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to watch extended interviews with the manager and Kyle Bennett.


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 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
Tickets can be bought from the cash kiosks next to the away turnstiles on the evening of the game.


BETTING
Pompey are 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 19/10.

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 AFC Wimbledon
Dag & Red v Carlisle
Newport v Barnet


LAST MEETING

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