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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v CHELTENHAM

5 May 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

The party got started when Pompey beat Notts County on Easter Monday to secure automatic promotion.

And the champagne corks will be really be popping if they can claim the League Two title this weekend.

But the Blues are very much the outsiders in a three-horse race to finish the season on top of the pile.

Paul Cook’s side must beat Cheltenham at Fratton Park, while also hoping that both Plymouth and Doncaster drop points.

The Robins have nothing but pride to play for after beating Hartlepool last week to secure their League Two status.

Danny Wright’s early header was enough to ensure that the Gloucestershire outfit would not be making an instant return to the National League.

But they have collected just 19 points on the road this term, with only Yeovil and Hartlepool having a worse record.

There have been five previous competitive meetings between Pompey and Cheltenham – and all of them have finished as draws.  


TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury concerns, although Eoin Doyle (groin) and Noel Hunt (shoulder) are both still sidelined.

Right-back Carl Winchester (foot) is likely to miss out for the visitors, but Manny Onariase and Daniel O’Shaughnessy have both returned to fitness.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Matt Clarke have to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for full pre-match video content.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 0 Wins
Cheltenham: 0 Wins
5 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 Wins
Cheltenham: 0 Wins
2 Draws


TICKETS
Pompey have sold out of tickets and no more will be available to buy on the day of the game.

The ticket office will be open from 2pm for enquiries and upgrades, while fans will also be able to purchase tickets for Sunday’s Pompey Ladies match at Fratton Park.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Fratton Park from 4.30pm 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.


BETTING
Pompey are 4/11 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 8/1.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign-up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Blackpool v Leyton Orient
Colchester v Yeovil
Crawley v Mansfield
Crewe v Barnet
Exeter v Carlisle
Grimsby v Plymouth
Hartlepool v Doncaster
Luton v Morecambe
Newport v Notts County
Stevenage v Accrington
Wycombe v Cambridge


LAST MEETING

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