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24 March 2017

Match Previews


24 March 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

Fratton Park is a key destination in the battles for both promotion and survival this weekend.

Pompey are looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat at Stevenage when they face struggling Newport at Fratton Park.

Despite that disappointing result, Paul Cook’s side still have at least a four point cushion over the chasing pack.

Their next opponents appeared to be cut adrift and destined for relegation, but have put up a fight in recent weeks.

Graham Westley was sacked as manager at the start of the month following a run of 20 games that yielded just a single victory.

Michael Flynn has taken the reins on a caretaker basis until the end of the campaign and has secured seven points from his four fixtures in the dug-out.

It means that the south Wales outfit are now six points from safety with just eight matches remaining.

Danny Rose, Enda Stevens and Kal Naismith were on target as Pompey fought from two down to win 3-2 at Rodney Parade on Boxing Day.

But Newport have triumphed on each of their three previous visits to Fratton Park, with the Blues failing to score a single goal in the process.

Every member of the Pompey squad is back in training, although Saturday’s game will come too soon for Curtis Main (knee) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring).

Kyle Bennett (ankle) and Kal Naismith (hamstring) are also doubts after sitting out last week’s game.

Christian Burgess serves a one-match suspension following his red card at Stevenage.

Mark O’Brien and Mitch Rose are both banned for the visitors, who are also without the injured trio of Lenell John-Lewis, Ben Tozer and Jamie Turley.

Striker Ryan Bird and wing-back Dan Butler are both in line to start for Newport against their former club.

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

Pompey: 13 Wins
Newport: 13 Wins
6 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 7 Wins
Newport: 6 Wins
3 Draws

Seats can be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. On the day of the game they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End, which open from 11am.

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.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign-up to for great offers.

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