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Match Preview: Pompey v AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know about League One clash

24 December 2017

Pompey v AFC Wimbledon

The presents will have been opened by the time Pompey host AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.

But will there be one last gift of three points waiting under the tree for the Fratton faithful to gleefully receive?

They will certainly hope so after seeing their encouraging run of form ended by defeat at Shrewsbury.

Neal Ardley’s Dons – who face Tottenham at Wembley in the FA Cup in January – are going to arrive full of confidence, however, having seen off Bradford on Saturday.

It was not enough to help them climb out of the League One drop zone, although they are just a point from safety.

They have won three times on their travels so far this term, collecting a maximum haul at Blackburn (1-0), Northampton (1-0) and Bristol Rovers (3-1).

AFC Wimbledon will no doubt be buoyed by the fact they have been given permission to return to their spiritual Plough Lane home to build a new stadium.

But Pompey triumphed when the sides met at Kingsmeadow earlier in the season, courtesy of Brett Pitman’s penalty and a goal from Conor Chaplin.

Kal Naismith (knee) and Stuart O’Keefe (adductor) are both doubts for Pompey after sitting out the Shrewsbury game.

Long-term injury victims Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Former Pompey defender Paul Robinson could miss out for the Dons with a back strain, but Harry Forrester is available after serving a one-match ban.

Read Kenny Jackett’s views on the game and how Pompey will be training on Christmas Day.

Pompey: 13 Wins
Wimbledon: 12 Wins
9 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 Wins
Wimbledon: 3 Wins
5 Draws

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There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with
highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

Pompey are 5/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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