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Match Preview: Pompey v Wigan

All you need to know about League One clash

1 April 2018

Pompey v Wigan Athletic

There will be several south coast reunions when Pompey take on Wigan at Fratton Park on Easter Monday.

But both sides will be keen to forget all the sub-plots and simply focus on trying to boost their respective promotion hopes in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Paul Cook is making his first return to the Blues since memorably leading them to the League Two title last term.

But he soon departed for the Latics with a number of his backroom team – including assistant manager Leam Richardson – and later signed Noel Hunt and Gary Roberts.

Wigan have been in fine form this season, with most of the headlines reserved for their victory over Manchester City that secured a spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

It is an immediate return to the Championship that is of greater concern, though, and they are currently locked in a three-way tussle with Blackburn and Shrewsbury for automatic promotion.

Cook’s men lead the way following a 3-0 victory over Oldham at the DW Stadium on Good Friday and have won an incredible 13 games on their league travels.

Conor Chaplin came off the bench to grab an equaliser when the sides drew 1-1 in the north-west back in August.

They have not met at Fratton since both were in the Premier League during the 2009/10 campaign, with Aruna Dindane bagging a hat-trick in a 4-0 Pompey triumph.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are only missing long-term injury victims Stephen Henderson (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Wigan are expected to have a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Roberts and Hunt both available to feature against their former club.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Anton Walkes or register for a free iFollow account to watch video reaction to Saturday’s win at Walsall.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 9 Wins
Wigan: 5 Wins
4 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 Wins
Wigan: 2 Wins
2 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured online here or from the booth behind the Fratton End on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

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

Overseas subscribers will not be able to watch the game on iFollow because it is a televised fixture. Click here for more details.

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 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 Tuesday.

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

BETTING
Wigan are the 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 29/10.

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

Tuesday
Bury v Rochdale (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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