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27 January 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey missed out on the chance to climb into the automatic promotion places last Saturday.

A frozen pitch at Crawley meant the Blues were unable to take advantage of third-placed Carlisle dropping points.

But there is another opportunity to put pressure on the Cumbrians when they host an in-form Exeter side this weekend.

There were calls for manager Paul Tisdale – who has been in charge of the Grecians since 2006 – to be relieved of his duties earlier in the season.

The Devon outfit slipped to the foot of the League Two table in mid-November, but have since undergone a remarkable resurgence.

A nine-match unbeaten run – which has included seven victories – has seen them climb into ninth position and just one point adrift of the play-off spots.

Gary Roberts netted a contentiously-awarded penalty when Pompey won 1-0 at St James Park back in August.

But it was Exeter who triumphed in last season’s corresponding fixture – although that was the first time they tasted victory at Fratton Park since 1923.

Curtis Main (knee) is the only absentee for Pompey, while Nicke Kabamba could be handed a debut after impressing for the reserves on Monday evening.

Former Blues loanee Lee Holmes (ankle) will not feature for the visitors, who are also without Tom McCready (groin).

Read what Paul Cook and Gareth Evans have to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for pre-match video content.

Pompey: 13 Wins
Exeter: 5 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 Wins
Exeter: 3 Wins
1 Draw

Seats are selling fast, but can still be bought online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

On the day of the game, they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End, which open from 11am.

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park 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.

Pompey are 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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