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MATCH PREVIEW: STEVENAGE v POMPEY

4 March 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey have an immediate opportunity to put their midweek disappointment to one side.

After conceding a last-gasp leveller at Exeter on Tuesday night, they will look to return to winning ways away to Stevenage this weekend.

Boro also grabbed a late equaliser when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, with Brett Williams cancelling out Conor Chaplin’s opener.

That was only the seventh ever meeting between the sides – and it is the Hertfordshire outfit who currently hold a slight advantage.

Nadir Ciftci and Michael Brown were on target as Pompey came out on top when they first clashed in a League Cup tie back in 2010.

But they have won just once since – at Fratton Park last season – while Stevenage have tasted victory on three occasions.

They reached the League Two play-offs last term, but have not enjoyed the same level of success this season.

Former Pompey striker Teddy Sheringham was sacked as manager last month, with the side just eight points above the relegation zone.

And that is still the case under caretaker boss Darren Sarll, who has led the club to two wins and three defeats.


TEAM NEWS
Adam McGurk, Gary Roberts and Michael Smith have all returned to training and could feature this weekend.

That leaves goalkeeper Brian Murphy (calf) as the only player still on the sidelines for Pompey.

Dean Parrett is definitely out for the hosts, while Aaron O’Connor and Chris Whelpdale are both doubtful.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Gareth Evans think about Saturday’s match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Conor Chaplin.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 Wins
Stevenage: 3 Wins
2 Draws

At Lamex Stadium
Pompey: 1 Win
Stevenage: 3 Wins
0 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 1 (Chaplin)
Stevenage 1 (Williams)
League Two
October 20 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from the Lamex 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
Pompey have sold their entire allocation of tickets and no more will be made available. Please do not travel if you have not got a ticket.


BETTING
Pompey are 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 4/1.

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


LAST MEETING

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