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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v LUTON

1 January 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey will aim to get 2017 off to a winning start when they face Luton at Fratton Park on Monday (3pm kick-off).

Paul Cook’s side ended the previous year in fairly consistent form after lost just once in their last nine league fixtures.

But the Blues will be looking to improve on their own patch, having won only one of the previous five home games.

The contest has extra spice because Luton will leapfrog Pompey into fourth spot if they pick up all three points.

Nathan Jones’ troops are currently one point behind their opponents, with both sides keen to close the gap on the automatic promotion places.

The Hatters were beaten by Colchester at Kenilworth Road on Boxing Day, but followed that up with a 3-1 home win over Barnet on New Year’s Eve.

It was only six weeks that the teams last clashed, with Michael Smith, Gareth Evans and Kal Naismith on target as the Blues fought from behind to secure a 3-1 triumph.

And the Fratton faithful can take confidence from the fact that Luton have not beaten their side in more than 20 years.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main is the only player sidelined for Pompey, while Gary Roberts has been rested for the past two matches.

Nathan Doyle (Achilles) and Danny Green (leg) are both out for the visitors, who have former Blues loanee Dan Potts in their squad.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Noel Hunt have to say about Pompey’s first fixture of the new year.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 15 Wins
Luton: 21 Wins
13 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 11 Wins
Luton: 4 Wins
8 Draws


TICKETS
Pompey have sold out of tickets for the match. Collections can be made from main reception.

Please note that there are parking restrictions in place around Fratton Park on Monday, so please check the signage before leaving your car.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park from 2.30pm on Monday.

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 Tuesday.

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


BETTING
Pompey are 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 3/1.

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


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