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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

8 September 2017

AFC Wimbledon v Pompey

Pompey make their shortest journey of the season this weekend when they travel to AFC Wimbledon.

But while a quick trip up the A3 should not hold any fears, the game itself will likely not be quite so simple.

The Dons have made a habit of punching well above their weight and have enjoyed plenty of success against the Blues in recent years.

They enjoyed a meteoric rise through the divisions after their reformation in 2002, which followed the controversial decision to allow the old Wimbledon side to relocate to Milton Keynes.

And they reached the third tier a year earlier than Pompey, courtesy of play-off success against Plymouth at Wembley in 2016.

The step up in class was clearly not a problem, however, as Neal Ardley’s men finished a comfortable 15th in League One last term.

But the Blues finished on top on their most recent visit to Kingsmeadow, with a Michael Smith strike enough to secure the points in April 2016.

And a repeat of that 1-0 scoreline would certainly be more welcome than the 4-0 reverse Pompey suffered three years earlier.

Wimbledon are currently one point and one place below Kenny Jackett's side, sitting 17th in the standings following last week's defeat at Blackpool.

TEAM NEWS
Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are both out, but Drew Talbot has returned to training following a hamstring injury.

Gareth Evans is available after serving a one-match ban, while deadline day signing Damien McCrory could make his debut.

The hosts are without Nadjim Abdou (suspended), Darius Charles (thigh) and Tom Soares (thigh), but former Pompey players Andy Barcham and Paul Robinson are expected to feature.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Damien McCrory have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Wimbledon: 12 wins
7 draws

At Wimbledon
Pompey: 4 wins
Wimbledon: 9 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available to buy. Please do not travel without a ticket.

Fans collecting tickets for the live showing in the Victory Lounge can do so from the booth behind the Fratton End on Saturday.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live coverage of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live following the same instructions. They can select commentary by clicking on the settings icon and choosing ‘away’.

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 Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Pompey are narrow 13/8 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Bristol Rovers v Walsall
Charlton v Southend
Fleetwood v Oldham
Northampton v Doncaster
Oxford v Gillingham
Peterborough v Bradford
Plymouth v MK Dons
Rochdale v Blackburn
Rotherham v Bury
Scunthorpe v Blackpool
Shrewsbury v Wigan

LAST MEETING


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