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League One Lowdown: Part Four

26 July 2017

A look at some of Pompey's 2017/18 opponents

Scunthorpe United

The Iron missed out on a place at Wembley last season after losing 3-2 on aggregate to eventual promotion-winners Millwall in the play-offs.

They have since moved to strengthen their squad with the captures of goalkeeper Matt Gilks, defenders Cameron Burgess and Rory McArdle, and midfielder Funso Ojo.

Manager: Graham Alexander
Distance from Fratton Park: 255.8 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 12 minutes
Last season: 3rd in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 11/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Craddock) Scunthorpe 2 (Syers 2)
League Two
November 23 2013

Last away meeting
Scunthorpe 5 (Syers 3, Winnall, Madden) Pompey 1 (Drennan)
League Two
February 22 2014


Shrewsbury Town

Defeat at Oxford on the final day meant the Shrews finished last term just two points above the drop zone, although it would have taken a nine-goal reverse to relegate them.

They have already brought in 10 new players in an attempt to improve, with right-back James Bolton from Gateshead becoming the latest acquisition.

Manager: Paul Hurst
Distance from Fratton Park: 201.9 miles
Estimated drive time: 3 hours 21 minutes
Last season: 18th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 33/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Shrewsbury 2 (Grant 2)
League Two
March 28 2015

Last away meeting
Shrewsbury 2 (Wesolowski, Goldson) Pompey 1 (Wallace)
League Two
October 25 2014


Southend United

Victory over Bury on the final day of last season was not quite enough for Southend to haul themselves into the play-off reckoning.

There are a few new faces in the Shrimpers squad, while striker Nile Ranger will return to the club once he is released from prison for committing online banking fraud.

Manager: Phil Brown
Distance from Fratton Park: 119.1 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Last season: 7th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 11/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Webster) Southend 2 (Leonard, Pigott)
League Two
January 24 2015

Last away meeting
Southend 2 (Corr, Coulthirst) Pompey 0
League Two
September 13 2014


Walsall

The Saddlers will aim to improve on last season’s mid-table finish, although are one of the bookies’ outsiders for promotion.

Seven players were released in a May clear-out, although Luke Leahy, Jon Guthrie, Mark Gilliespie, Nicky Devlin and James Wilson have all arrived.

Manager: Jon Whitney
Distance from Fratton Park: 166.7 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 48 minutes
Last season: 14th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 16/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (McLeod) Walsall 2 (Baxendale, Cuvelier)
League One
September 15 2012

Last away meeting
Walsall 2 (Brandy, Grigg) Pompey 0
League One
January 4 2013


Wigan Athletic

A familiar name took charge at the DW Stadium earlier this summer, with Paul Cook leaving Pompey to become Latics boss.

He has been joined by Blues assistant Leam Richardson, while striker Noel Hunt is also expected to sign for a club who were relegated from the second tier last term.

Manager: Paul Cook
Distance from Fratton Park: 246.8 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Last season: 23rd in Championship
Sky Bet promotion odds: 5/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 4 (Dindane 3, Piquionne) Wigan 0
Premier League
October 31 2009

Last away meeting
Wigan 0 Pompey 0
Premier League
April 14 2010


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