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3 March 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey’s quest for League Two promotion rumbles on with a home contest against Crewe on Saturday.

Paul Cook’s side missed out on the chance to climb into the top three after conceding a late equaliser to Morecambe earlier in the week.

But at least one of the two sides directly above them in the table will be guaranteed to drop points.

Plymouth and Carlisle – currently sitting second and third respectively – meet at Home Park in a crunch clash.

The Blues, however, will be more concerned about their own game and trying to beat a Crewe side who are not yet safe from the drop.

They are in 20th position and have won just twice in 2017 – although one of those victories was a 5-0 rout of Grimsby last month.

David Artell has been in charge at Alexandra Stadium for almost two months, having replaced the long-serving Steve Davis in January.

Both sides were guilty of some wasteful finishing during a goalless draw in the north-west at the start of the season.

Pompey fans will have fonder memories of a trip there in 2013, when Patrick Agyemang and David Connolly were on target to end a 23-match winless run.

Curtis Main (knee) is still sidelined, while Amine Linganzi (groin) is a doubt after going off against Morecambe.

Crewe are without suspended top scorer Chris Dagnall, while Jon Guthrie (hernia), Callum Saunders (hamstring) and former Blues midfielder Danny Hollands (leg) are also all out.

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

Pompey: 6 Wins
Crewe: 6 Wins
5 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 4 Wins
Crewe: 3 Wins
1 Draw

Seats can still be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. From 11am on Saturday, they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End.

Please note that parking restrictions are in place around the Fratton Park. Please check the signage for details.

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 2/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 7/1.

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