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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v MORECAMBE

28 February 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey will look to beat Morecambe this evening, knowing they could finish the night inside the automatic promotion places.

Their superior goal difference means that victory for the Blues, coupled with a defeat for Carlisle at Cheltenham, would see them climb into third spot.

But it will not be easy against a Shrimps side who have lost just one of their 10 fixtures in 2017.

An early strike from Lee Molyneux was enough for them to see of Grimsby at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

It leaves Jim Bentley’s side a comfortable 13th in the League Two standings and 16 points clear of the drop zone.

Their supporters will now be more concerned with trying to close the five-point gap between Morecambe and the final play-off berth.

That is some achievement for an outfit many predicted would struggle even before their much-publicised off-field problems.

The Lancashire side came out on top when the sides met back in August, with Ryan Edwards and Tom Barkhuizen netting in a 2-0 triumph.

It was a more dramatic affair at Fratton Park last season, however, as the Blues fought from three goals down to snatch a point, courtesy of Jayden Stockley’s last-gasp leveller.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main (knee) is still sidelined, but Paul Cook has an otherwise full-strength squad to select from.

Morecambe skipper Peter Murphy is expected to return after serving a three-match ban, but midfielder Alex Kenyon is recovering from knee surgery.


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


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 Wins
Morecambe: 2 Wins
3 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 Wins
Morecambe: 0 Wins
1 Draw


TICKETS
Seats can 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 4/11 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 15/2.

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 Wycombe
Blackpool v Barnet
Cambridge v Doncaster
Cheltenham v Carlisle
Crawley v Exeter
Grimsby v Colchester
Hartlepool v Crewe
Plymouth v Notts County
Stevenage v Leyton Orient
Yeovil v Mansfield


LAST FRATTON MEETING

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