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Match Preview: Northampton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

12 September 2017

Northampton Town v Pompey

Pompey are hunting for a second successive away victory when they visit Northampton this evening.

Kenny Jackett’s men are looking to build on their impressive 2-0 triumph at AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

But the Cobblers were also celebrating on Saturday after finally registering their first points of the 2017/18 campaign.

A goal from Matt Crooks after just 21 seconds proved enough to beat Doncaster and see them climb off the foot of the League One table.

It was a dream start for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who replaced former Blues defender Justin Edinburgh as manager earlier in the week.

Northampton had lost all of their previous four league fixtures – including 4-1 defeats to both Charlton and Peterborough – and exited the Carabao Cup at QPR.

Supporters will now be hoping that they can put a run together and ultimately improve on last season’s 16th-placed finish.

Pompey fans will have fond memories of their most recent trip to Sixfields Stadium, with goals from Gareth Evans and Conor Chaplin securing a 2-1 triumph in December 2015.

That failed to stop the Cobblers romping to the League Two title, however – a feat that the Blues emulated last term.

TEAM NEWS
Oliver Hawkins (head), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all sidelined, while Stuart O’Keefe (arm) is a slight doubt.

John-Joe O’Toole will not feature for the hosts as he requires surgery on a groin problem, while Sam Foley (knee), Sam Hoskins (knee) and Aaron Phillips (thigh) are also injured.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey 16 Wins
Northampton: 9 Wins
7 Draws

At Northampton
Pompey: 6 Wins
Northampton: 6 Wins
3 Draws

TICKETS
There will be around 300 tickets available to buy (cash only) from the away cabin at Sixfields Stadium this evening. Click here for a list of matchday prices.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and no more are available to buy directly from Pompey.

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

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. They can select commentary by clicking on the settings icon at the bottom of the screen 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 Wednesday.

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 the 11/8 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 2/1.

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
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
Bristol Rovers v Oldham
Charlton v Wigan
Fleetwood v Bury
Oxford v Bradford
Peterborough v MK Dons
Plymouth v Blackpool
Rochdale v Doncaster
Rotherham v Walsall
Scunthorpe v Blackburn
Shrewsbury v Southend

LAST AWAY MEETING


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