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Match Preview: Bury v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

27 April 2018

Pompey still have a chance – albeit a slim one – of securing a place in the League One play-offs with a couple of games remaining.

But Bury, their opponents on Saturday, saw their fate sealed a couple of weeks ago and will be playing fourth tier football next term.

A home defeat to struggling Northampton was enough to confirm relegation and the Gigg Lane outfit are guaranteed to finish rock bottom.

Shakers striker Ryan Lowe was handed the managerial reins in January, but was not able to succeed where previous bosses Lee Clark and Chris Lucketti failed.

The north-west outfit have secured just one away league victory all season and have managed only six on home soil.

But they do go into Saturday’s contest on the back of successive stalemates at Doncaster and Shrewsbury.

Matt Clarke’s header proved the difference between the sides when they met at Fratton Park just before Christmas.

Pompey were beaten 3-0 in the last Gigg Lane meeting back in 2014, while a last-gasp Wes Fogden goal secured a dramatic 4-4 draw the previous season.

TEAM NEWS
Nathan Thompson has recovered from a dead leg suffered against Charlton last week and is available to feature.

But the Blues will be without Stephen Henderson (groin), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (leg), Danny Rose (leg), Anton Walkes (hamstring) and Jack Whatmough (groin).

Danny Mayor (ankle) is a doubt for the hosts, who are definitely missing top scorer Jermaine Beckford (knee).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Bury: 12 wins
8 draws

At Gigg Lane
Pompey: 3 wins
Bury: 9 wins
4 draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured from the Gigg Lane ticket office or at the cash turnstiles (eight and nine in the Main Stand). Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
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We will also have 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 the 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 16/5.

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

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

LAST MEETING


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