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MATCH PREVIEW: EXETER v POMPEY

1 March 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey stormed back into the play-off places and will now look to remain there by winning at St James Park tonight.

It begins a run of three successive away games for Paul Cook’s side, who also have trips to Stevenage and Accrington in the next eight days.

Exeter may have only won five of the 24 previous meetings between the sides, but they have already triumphed twice over the Blues this season.

They beat a youthful Pompey outfit 2-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the beginning of September.

And they then inflicted a first league defeat of the campaign on the Blues at the end of the same month, with Gary Roberts’ late effort not enough to prevent a 2-1 reverse at Fratton Park.

The Grecians are currently sitting 14th in the League Two table – a comfortable 18 points clear of the drop zone, but eight adrift of the play-off places.

A brace from former Fratton loanee Jayden Stockley saw them beat Stevenage 2-0 at the weekend to end a four-match winless run.

But only four sides have managed fewer than the five victories Exeter have celebrated on their own patch in the league this term.

Paul Tisdale’s troops saw off Yeovil (3-2) on the opening day, but since then have only defeated Leyton Orient (4-0), Hartlepool (1-0), Cambridge (1-0) and Accrington (2-1).


TEAM NEWS
Adam McGurk (back), Gary Roberts (hamstring) and Michael Smith (calf) are all major doubts for Pompey, but Kal Naismith should be fine, despite limping off against Cambridge.

Will Hoskins is the only player sidelined for the hosts, while former Pompey loanees Jayden Stockley and Lee Holmes are expected to start.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Kal Naismith think about tonight’s match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Ryan Fulton.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 Wins
Exeter: 5 Wins
7 Draws

At St James Park
Pompey: 4 Wins
Exeter: 2 Wins
6 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 1 (Roberts)
Exeter 2 (Wheeler, Davies)
League Two
September 29 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from St James Park 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 at St James Park tonight, but seat prices increase by £1.


BETTING
Pompey are 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 29/10.

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


LAST MEETING

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