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Match Preview: Pompey v Northampton

All you need to know about League One clash

29 December 2017

Pompey v Northampton Town

Pompey will look to cap a memorable year on a high when they host Northampton this weekend.

A positive result at Fratton Park could see Kenny Jackett’s side finish 2017 inside the League One play-off places.

They face a Cobblers outfit who are three points from safety inside the relegation zone, having lost 3-0 at Doncaster on Boxing Day.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink replaced Justin Edinburgh in the Sixfields Stadium dug-out back in September.

He looked to have got Northampton back on track with successive victories in his first two matches in charge – including a 3-1 defeat of Pompey.

But they have secured just four wins since then and suffered heavy losses to Bristol Rovers (0-6) and Oldham (1-5).

Those results helped ensure that the Cobblers have a worse goal difference than any other side in the third tier.

The teams have already met twice so far this term, with the Blues coming out on top in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in December.

Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Kal Naismith (knee), Stuart O’Keefe (adductor) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still sidelined.

Northampton are without Leon Barnett (Achilles), Aaron Phillips (thigh), Aaron Pierre (groin) and Daniel Powell (hamstring), while John-Joe O’Toole (ankle) is also a doubt.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Christian Burgess on Saturday’s game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

Pompey: 17 Wins
Northampton: 10 Wins
7 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 11 Wins
Northampton: 3 Wins
4 Draws

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We will also have updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with
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 3/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 19/4.

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