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7 March 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky at Broadfield Stadium tonight.

The Blues have squandered two chances to climb into the automatic promotion places in the past seven days.

A draw with Morecambe and defeat to Crewe means that Carlisle are still clinging stubbornly on to third spot, with Luton a point behind in fourth.

But Paul Cook knows his side will leapfrog the pair of them if they can defeat Crawley in this evening’s rearranged fixture.

The game was originally scheduled to be played in January, only to be called off because of a frozen pitch.

Dermot Drummy’s outfit are currently down in 16th position and are 11 points away from both the bottom two and the play-off berths.

Tonight sees them face promotion contenders at home for the third time in eight days, with the Red Devils losing to Exeter last Tuesday before holding leaders Doncaster to a draw at the weekend.

And Crawley will be hoping to halt a run of four successive games without a win on their own patch that stretches back to mid-January.

It was Pompey who came out on top when the sides met at Fratton Park back in September, with Curtis Main’s brace and a Gary Roberts strike securing a 3-0 triumph.

Curtis Main (knee) is still sidelined, while Paul Cook is weighing up whether to rest a fatigued Amine Linganzi.

Matt Harrold (Achilles) and Jordan Roberts (hamstring) are missing for the hosts, but former Blues youngster Andre Blackman could feature.

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

Pompey: 3 Wins
Crawley: 1 Win
1 Draw

At Broadfield Stadium
Pompey: 1 Win
Crawley: 0 Wins
1 Draw

Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for this fixture and no more will be available to buy at the ground.

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Broadfield Stadium 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.

Pompey are 4/6 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/2.

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