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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

28 December 2018

Fleetwood v Pompey

Pompey will look to end a positive 2018 on a high by collecting all three points at Fleetwood this weekend.

Kenny Jackett’s side are also aiming to bounce back from their first away defeat of the season against Gillingham on Boxing Day.

But they face a Cod Army outfit who are sure to be in confident mood after easing to a 3-0 victory over promotion hopefuls Doncaster.

It leaves Joey Barton’s side sitting 10th in the third tier standings, albeit eight points adrift of the play-off places.

They are a difficult side to beat at Highbury, with six victories and just two defeats on their patch in the league.

AFC Wimbledon – on the opening day of the season – and Barnsley are the only sides to have escaped with a maximum haul.

Like Pompey, they also have an FA Cup third round tie to look forward to the following weekend and will be keen to gain some revenge when they host the Dons.

It was the Blues who came out on top at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, with Oli Hawkins scoring the only goal before Nathan Sheron was dismissed late on.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will be without Nathan Thompson (hamstring) and Luke McGee (wrist), but otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

Fleetwood are also close to having a clean bill of health, with defender James Husband (hamstring) the only absentee.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
“The game can’t come quick enough for all of us now because we were disappointed to lose at Gillingham.

“Whenever that happens, it’s always very pleasing to have another match coming along straight away.”

Click here to read the full thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of Saturday’s match.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 3 wins
Fleetwood: 2 wins
0 draws

At Highbury
Pompey: 1 win
Fleetwood: 1 win
0 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can buy tickets at Highbury on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

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 by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 14/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Oxford v Bristol Rovers (1pm)
Accrington v Peterborough
AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool
Barnsley v Charlton
Burton v Plymouth
Coventry v Southend
Gillingham v Doncaster
Rochdale v Bradford
Scunthorpe v Wycombe
Sunderland v Shrewsbury
Walsall v Luton

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