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MATCH PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL v POMPEY

27 September 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey have been breezing past whoever is put in front of them at Fratton Park.

But now the challenge is to recreate that form on the road – starting with tonight’s visit to Blackpool (7.45pm kick-off).

Paul Cook’s side have only won once on their League Two travels this term and are yet to score from open play.

They are facing a side who are competing in the fourth tier of English football for the first time since the 2000/01 campaign.

Blackpool were relegated last season amidst protests from supporters who are unhappy about the club’s owners.

Gary Bowyer’s troops are currently sitting in 16th position, having collected 10 points from their opening nine games.

League leaders Plymouth are the only side to have left Bloomfield Road with all three points, while it is just Exeter who have departed empty-handed.

Pompey and Blackpool have been regular rivals down the years, although it is more than four years since the last meeting, when Erik Huseklepp netted in a 1-1 draw.


TEAM NEWS
Ben Close (hamstring) and Drew Talbot (hamstring) are both out for Pompey, while Noel Hunt (groin) is also a doubt.

Jamille Matt could start for the hosts after recovering from a knee problem, but goalkeeper Sam Slocombe is sidelined with a groin injury.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Tom Davies have to say about the game or watch pre-match video content on Pompey PlayerHD.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 19 Wins
Blackpool: 24 Wins
22 Draws

At Bloomfield Road
Pompey: 5 Wins
Blackpool: 15 Wins
12 Draws


TICKETS
Tickets are no longer available to buy from Pompey, but will be on sale at Bloomfield Road tonight. Click here for more information.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Bloomfield Road 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 on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent, while The News will also have extensive coverage.


BETTING
Pompey are 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 12/5.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign-up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Accrington v Mansfield
Cambridge v Yeovil
Cheltenham v Stevenage
Crawley v Colchester
Doncaster v Carlisle
Exeter v Notts County
Grimsby v Newport
Hartlepool v Luton
Leyton Orient v Plymouth
Wycombe v Crewe
Barnet v Morecambe (8pm)


MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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