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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v CRAWLEY

2 September 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

After a low-key – but goal-fuelled – defeat at Yeovil during the week, Pompey fans will be pleased to see their side back in League Two action.

Paul Cook’s side are on the hunt for a third successive fourth tier triumph when they host Crawley on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Blues saw off Colchester in their last Fratton fixture a fortnight ago, before winning at Exeter seven days later.

Their opponents, meanwhile, suffered a first league loss of the season against Notts County last Saturday.

The Red Devils have an identical record to Pompey, with two wins, two draws and one defeat from their opening five games.

It means that Dermot Drummy’s men sit ninth in the table and are only behind the Blues on goal difference.

Pompey and Crawley have only met on four previous occasions and it was the former who came out on top in the most recent Fratton clash.

Goals from Matt Clarke, Marc McNulty and Gary Roberts saw the Blues get 2016 off to the perfect start with a 3-0 victory.


TEAM NEWS
Adam Buxton (ankle), Brandon Haunstrup (collarbone) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all out for Pompey.

New loan signing Dominic Hyam will have to wait to make his debut, with the defender currently on Scotland under-21 international duty.

Jordan Roberts could feature for the visitors after recovering from a toe injury, but recent arrival Aliu Djalo is away with Guinea-Bissau.


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


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 Wins
Crawley: 1 Win
1 Draw

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


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here. They will be available to buy from the booths behind the Fratton End from 11am on Saturday.


MATCH COVERAGE
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.


BETTING
Pompey are 1/3 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/2.

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


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


LAST MEETING

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