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Match Preview: Pompey v Charlton

All you need to know about League One clash

20 April 2018

Pompey v Charlton Athletic

Fratton Park plays host to a huge contest on Saturday, as Pompey and Charlton go in search of a crucial League One points.

Both sides are right in the hunt for the play-offs, although it is the Londoners who currently hold the upper hand.

They sit fifth following a midweek victory at Shrewsbury that saw them climb three places in the standings.

The Addicks have a couple more points than Pompey, who suffered contrasting emotions at Bradford on Tuesday evening.

Charlton’s form has improved since former England international Lee Bowyer was installed as caretaker manager – in place of Karl Robinson – last month.

It has left fans hopeful of a return to the Championship following their relegation at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Pompey have already beaten the Addicks twice this season, securing 1-0 wins at The Valley in the Checkatrade Trophy and league.

Curtis Main grabbed the winner in the former in November, while a Josh Magennis own-goal proved the difference the following month.

Matty Kennedy could return from a calf problem, but the Blues are still without Stephen Henderson (groin), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (leg), Danny Rose (leg) and Anton Walkes (hamstring).

Charlton defender Jason Pearce will make his first return to Fratton Park since leaving Pompey for Leeds in 2012.

Bowyer has stated that five of his players are struggling with hamstring injuries, but declined to reveal any names.

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Pompey: 43 Wins
Charlton: 33 Wins
27 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 26 Wins
Charlton: 14 Wins
11 Draws

Fratton Park is full to capacity for Saturday’s game, so no tickets will be available to buy on the day. Click here to see if any seats are available via the ticket exchange.

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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.

Pompey are the 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

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