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Match Preview: Pompey v Bury

All you need to know about League One clash

15 December 2017

Pompey v Bury

Pompey host Bury this weekend the final Fratton fixture before Christmas.

And so the players will be hoping to provide the perfect present for supporters by continuing their fine form and collecting a maximum haul.

Kenny Jackett’s side have won six of their past seven games in all competitions and are now just three points outside the play-off places.

Their opponents, however, are more concerned with events at the opposite end of the League One table.

Bury are rock bottom and looking to turn things around under new boss Chris Lucketti, who replaced Lee Clark last month.

They have yet to win on the road in the league this season, losing six of their 10 games away from Gigg Lane.

But the Shakers – who have former Blues players Michael Smith and Chris Maguire in their ranks – are on a three-match unbeaten run and should be fresh after last week’s scheduled clash with AFC Wimbledon fell victim to the snow.

Bury have won each of the two most recent meetings between the sides, including a 1-0 victory at Fratton Park in April 2015.

Ben Close should be available after recovering from a thigh injury, while Dion Donohue (back) and Oliver Hawkins (hamstring) could also feature.

But Kal Naismith (knee) is extremely doubtful, with Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) all still sidelined.

Bury could welcome back top scorer Jermaine Beckford and Danny Mayor from injury, but Stephen Dawson (knee) is likely to miss out.

Read what Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 11 Wins
Bury: 12 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 Wins
Bury: 3 Wins
4 Draws

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highlights to follow on Sunday.

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

Pompey are the 7/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/4.

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