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23 September 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

A run of four successive victories was finally brought to an end at Accrington last week.

So now Pompey will look to get back to winning ways when they host Barnet on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Paul Cook’s side dropped to fifth following their Crown Ground defeat, but are still just a single point outside the automatic promotion spots.

Their next opponents are down in 14th position, having collected 10 points from their opening seven League Two fixtures.

But the Bees – who are led by former Blues midfielder Martin Allen – have a game in hand over every side above them in the table.

That is because their visit to Newport earlier this month was abandoned at half-time due to torrential rain.

They were leading at the time, courtesy of a goal after 23 seconds – that has since been expunged from the record books – from John Akinde.

Barnet have yet to lose on their travels so far this term and were 1-0 victors at Mansfield on their last trip away from The Hive a fortnight ago.

There have only been four previous meetings between the sides and both won on their own patch last season.

Drew Talbot (hamstring) is definitely out for Pompey, while there are doubts over strikers Noel Hunt (groin) and Curtis Main (head).

But Adam Buxton, Matt Clarke, Brandon Haunstrup and Jack Whatmough all came through Tuesday’s reserve victory over Newport unscathed.

Former Blues players John Akinde and Bondz N’Gala could feature for the visitors, who have Gavin Hoyte, Michael Gash and James Pearson all sidelined with knee injuries.

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

Pompey: 2 Wins
Barnet: 2 Wins
0 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 1 Win
Barnet: 1 Win
0 Draws

Tickets can be bought online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. On Saturday they can be bought from the booths behind the Fratton End, which are open from 11am.

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park 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 highlights to follow on Sunday.

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

Pompey are 8/15 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/1.

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