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PLAY-OFF PREVIEW: PLYMOUTH v POMPEY

15 May 2016

All you need to know about second leg

Pompey’s play-off tie with Plymouth is evenly poised as the sides prepare to meet at Home Park in the second leg.

Thursday’s clash at Fratton Park produced a breathless, incident-packed contest that ended in a 2-2 draw.

Marc McNulty fired the Blues into an early lead, only for a brace from Jamille Matt to turn the game on its head.

The striker had earlier escaped a red card following an off-the-ball clash, which led to Paul Cook and Argyle coach Paul Wotton being sent to the stands.

Gary Roberts then levelled from the spot after the interval, but despite dominating the rest of the match, Pompey could not find the target again.

The Blues are competing in the play-offs for just the second time in their history, with a two-legged defeat to Leicester occurring 23 years ago.

Argyle, meanwhile, missed out on League Two promotion last term when they were beaten 5-3 on aggregate by Wycombe.

Cook’s side triumphed 2-1 on their last visit to Home Park back in August, courtesy of penalties from Matt Tubbs and Roberts.


TEAM NEWS
Ryan Allsop is expected to continue in goal in the absence of Paul Jones (thigh), Brian Murphy (calf) and Ryan Fulton (thigh).

Kieron Freeman is suspended, while Conor Chaplin, Matt Clarke and Adam Webster are all still massive doubts.

Jamille Matt is available for the hosts after escaping any punishment for an apparent headbutt on Michael Doyle in the first leg.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook has to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Michael Doyle.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 Wins
Plymouth: 23 Wins
10 Draws

At Home Park
Pompey: 10 Wins
Plymouth: 13 Wins
6 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 2 (McNulty, Roberts)
Plymouth 2 (Matt 2)
League Two play-offs
May 12 2016


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Home Park from 5pm this evening.

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 Monday. 

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 full allocation of tickets and no more will be available to buy at Home Park.


BETTING
Plymouth are 8/11 favourites with Sky Bet to reach Wembley, while the Blues are available at evens to progress.

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.


LAST MEETING

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