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MATCH PREVIEW: BARNET v POMPEY

17 February 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

It has been a profitable week for Pompey, with successive home victories against Accrington and Blackpool.

Now they will look to end it in style by securing another three-point haul at Barnet on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

But the home side will want to impress their new manager Kevin Nugent, who was brought in to replace Martin Allen on Wednesday.

Tom Champion scored the only goal as the Bees triumphed away at 10-man Morecambe earlier in the week.

That brought to an end a five-match winless run, which saw just one point collected from three home fixtures.

It leaves the Londoners sitting 11th in the League Two table, although they are only three points adrift of the final play-off place.

That is despite having tasted victory on only four occasions at The Hive – in all competitions – this season.

And Pompey will be looking for an outcome similar to what happened at Fratton Park back in September, when Conor Chaplin, Gary Roberts, Carl Baker, Milan Lalkovic and Danny Rose all found the target in a 5-1 rout.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main (knee) is still sidelined for Pompey, while Gareth Evans should be available after injuring his shoulder against Blackpool.

Stanley Aborah will not be handed a Blues bow, having been restricted to just 52 minutes of action since mid-November.

Barnet winger Simeon Akinola has completed a three-match ban, but the hosts are without Shaun Batt (leg), Michael Gash (knee), James Pearson (knee), Jamie Stevens (calf) and Jack Taylor (hernia).


QUOTES
Read what Leam Richardson and Jack Whatmough have to say about Saturday’s game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for full pre-match video content.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 3 Wins
Barnet: 2 Wins
0 Draws

At Barnet
Pompey: 1 Win
Barnet: 1 Win
0 Draws


TICKETS
There are around 100 seats remaining for Pompey fans. These can be bought from The Hive’s away ticket office (located by the North Stand) from 12pm on Saturday.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from The Hive from 2pm on Saturday.

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 Sunday.

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


BETTING
Pompey are 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 18/5.

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


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


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