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Match Preview: Pompey v Crawley

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

3 October 2017

Pompey v Crawley Town
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Crawley

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

3 October 2017

The group stage of the Checkatrade Trophy continues tonight as Pompey host Crawley in the second round of fixtures.

Kenny Jackett’s side drew 3-3 with Fulham U21s last month, but missed out on a bonus point in the resulting penalty shoot-out.

This evening’s opponents, meanwhile, have yet to get off the mark after being beaten at home by Charlton.

Red Devils fans might have other things on their mind, however, with their side struggling in 20th position in League Two.

They have won just three games so far this season, although that included matches on the road at Swindon and Barnet.

Harry Kewell’s men were beaten 1-0 by Carlisle at Broadfield Stadium on Saturday in a bad-tempered contest that saw three players dismissed.

Tonight sees just the seventh competitive meeting between the sides, although Pompey came out on top in a pre-season encounter back in July.

The Blues won both fourth tier encounters last term, with a 2-0 triumph in Sussex sparking an incredible run of form that secured the title.

Pompey have a host of injury worries, with Christian Burgess (calf), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee), Brett Pitman (nose), Nathan Thompson (head) and Jack Whatmough (knee) all sidelined.

But Conor Chaplin is available after recovering from the hamstring injury that has kept him out for the past couple of games.

Thomas Verheydt (knee) is missing for the visitors, but Josh Yorwerth can feature as his suspension does not include Checkatrade Trophy matches.

Read what Kenny Jackett and Adam May have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 4 Wins
Crawley: 1 Win
1 Draw

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 Wins
Crawley 1 Win
0 Draws

Supporters can secure their seat online here or by visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office. Click here for a list of prices.

The ticket office will be open for sales tonight, while fans will also be able to buy tickets underneath the South Stand.

Please note that only the South Stand Upper and Family Section are open tonight, and seating is unreserved.

Domestic and overseas iFollow subscribers can listen to live coverage of tonight's game by signing in to their account and visiting the match centre.

Please note that there is no live video stream for overseas subscribers, as that feature is only available for league matches.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have match updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow 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 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/2.

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