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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v BLACKPOOL

14 February 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Plenty of Pompey fans will be looking to spend tonight with their one true love.

And while their partners stay at home watching Holby City and evaluating their life choices, they will be hoping to see the Blues secure a second home victory in less than a week.

Goals from Matt Clarke and Kal Naismith saw Accrington defeated at Fratton Park on Saturday.

But Blackpool could provide a sterner test, as Paul Cook’s side look to maintain their hunt for automatic promotion.

The Seasiders are currently down in 11th position and looking to close the five-point gap between themselves and the play-off spots.

They go into the game on the back of a convincing 4-1 triumph at third-placed Carlisle, courtesy of goals from Brad Potts, Jordan Flores, Sanmi Odelusi and Nathan Delfouneso.

It was a result that keeps alive their hopes of making an instant return to League One following a second successive relegation last term.

And it also brought to an end a run of six games without a win that stretched all the way back to Boxing Day.

Conor Chaplin scored a stunning strike when the sides met at Bloomfield Road back in September, but some generous defending meant it was the hosts who emerged 3-1 victors on that occasion.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main (knee) is still sidelined for Pompey, but Cook has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.

Jim McAlister is missing for the visitors with a broken leg, while Neil Danns had to come off injured at the weekend and Andy Taylor (collarbone) is also a doubt.


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


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 19 Wins
Blackpool: 25 Wins
22 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 14 Wins
Blackpool: 9 Wins
10 Draws


TICKETS
Seats can still be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. From 5.30pm this evening, they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park from 7pm tonight.

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 Wednesday.

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


BETTING
Pompey are 8/11 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 4/1.

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


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


LAST MEETING

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