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MATCH PREVIEW: MANSFIELD v POMPEY

18 March 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey and Mansfield will both be searching for a change of fortunes when they meet at the One Call Stadium this weekend.

Paul Cook’s side were left stunned by a 3-0 defeat at home to Newport last Saturday to halt their promotion charge.

The Stags, meanwhile, have dropped out of the play-off picture after suffering three successive losses.

Newport, Bristol Rovers and Yeovil all achieved 1-0 triumphs over Adam Murray’s men to leave them five points adrift of the top seven in 11th spot.

Mansfield currently have a perfectly symmetrical home record, with six victories, six draws and six defeats.

But they have only ever beaten the Blues once – and that Division Three triumph arrived all the way back in 1977.

Matt Tubbs and Jed Wallace were on target when Pompey won 2-1 at Mansfield at the end of last season.

But the sides played out a largely chanceless goalless draw on the south coast earlier in the current campaign.


TEAM NEWS
Gary Roberts serves a one-match ban following his red card at Newport, while Kieron Freeman (knee) and Brian Murphy (calf) are both out.

Mansfield could hand a debut to striker Emmanuel Dieseruvwe following his arrival on loan from Chesterfield, but Adi Yussuf is banned.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Danny Hollands have to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to watch extended interviews.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall

Pompey: 2 Wins
Mansfield: 1 Win
5 Draws

At Mansfield
Pompey: 2 Wins
Mansfield: 1 Win
1 Draw

Last Meeting
Pompey 0
Mansfield 0
League Two
October 24 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from the One Call Stadium 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 at midday 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 are on sale from the Frogmore Road ticket office until 4pm, but are not available to purchase at Mansfield on the day of the game.


BETTING
Pompey are 21/20 favourites to claim all three points with Sky Bet, while the hosts can be backed at 11/4.

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
Newport v Bristol Rovers (12.30pm)
AFC Wimbledon v York
Barnet v Oxford
Cambridge v Yeovil
Carlisle v Wycombe
Crawley v Hartlepool
Dag & Red v Accrington
Leyton Orient v Morecambe
Notts County v Exeter
Plymouth v Luton
Stevenage v Northampton


LAST MEETING

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