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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v PLYMOUTH

13 April 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

League Two has not been home to many clubs bigger than Pompey and Plymouth.

And the two go head-to-head at Fratton Park on Friday – in front of the Sky Sports cameras – in a crucial promotion clash.

The visitors could cross the finishing line if they claim all three points and Luton fail to do the same against struggling Leyton Orient.

That is not the case for Pompey, however, who would have to wait until Easter Monday at the very earliest.

But victory against Argyle would keep them at least eight points ahead of the Hatters, with just 12 left to play for.

It would also give Paul Cook’s side hope of being able to overtake the Pilgrims and perhaps secure the runners-up spot.

Not that it will be an easy task against a Plymouth side who have won 13 times on their league travels this term – more than any other fourth tier outfit.

Blues fans will have painful memories of when the teams met at the end of last season, with Argyle leaving it late to triumph in the play-offs before losing to AFC Wimbledon at Wembley.

But the spoils were shared at Home Park earlier in the current campaign, as Kyle Bennett and Danny Rose both scored in 2-2 draw.


TEAM NEWS
Eoin Doyle (groin) and Noel Hunt (shoulder) are both sidelined, but Pompey have no other injury concerns.

The visitors are only missing long-term victims Ryan Brunt (knee) and David Ijaha (pelvis), with Jakub Sokolik back in training.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Enda Stevens have to say about Friday’s game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for full pre-match video content.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 Wins
Plymouth: 24 Wins
11 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 16 Wins
Plymouth: 10 Wins
4 Draws


TICKETS
Seats have sold out and no more will be available to buy.

The ticket office will be open from 11am on Friday for enquiries and upgrades, while collections can be made from main reception.

Please note that due to the trucks used by Sky Sports, parking behind the North Stand will be extremely limited.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park from 2pm on Friday.

We will 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 Saturday.

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


BETTING
Pompey are 3/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 19/4.

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


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


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