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14 March 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey host Grimsby tonight in their final scheduled floodlit fixture of the season.

And the Blues will be looking to transfer their fine away form to Fratton Park in order to strengthen their position inside the automatic promotion places.

Paul Cook’s side have secured successive victories against Crawley and Colchester after taking just a single point from home clashes with Morecambe and Crewe.

Their opponents go into the game on the back of a 3-0 win at struggling Leyton Orient on Saturday.

It leaves them sitting 13th in the League Two standings, but just four points adrift of the final play-off spot.

Mariners fans have fond memories of the end of season lottery, having beat Forest Green at Wembley to secure National League promotion last term.

Kal Naismith’s late free-kick was the difference between the sides when they met at Blundell Park earlier in the season.

But Grimsby have not travelled to Fratton Park since a Division One clash in 2003, with the Blues winning 3-0 on their way to the title.

Curtis Main (knee) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring) are both out, while Paul Cook has confirmed that a few of his players are carrying knocks.

Grimsby will be without Gavin Gunning (concussion), while Chris Clements is a doubt after a bout of illness.

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

Pompey: 38 Wins
Grimsby: 25 Wins
11 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 28 Wins
Grimsby: 7 Wins
3 Draws

Seats can be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. From 5.30pm they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End.

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park from 7pm this evening.

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 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 7/1.

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