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Match Preview: Pompey v Southend

All you need to know about League One clash

7 December 2018

Pompey v Southend

Pompey are back on home soil on a Saturday for the first time in seven weeks when they take on Southend.

Since a Fratton victory over Fleetwood back in October, they have drawn twice and gone on a seven-match winning run.

There have been victories in four cup games, while the Blues have got a healthy four-point lead at the top of the League One table.

And they will hope to maintain – or perhaps even extend – that advantage by seeing off the Shrimpers.

Chris Powell’s side are currently sitting 14th in the standings, having collected 26 points from their opening 20 games.

They exited the FA Cup with a 4-2 home defeat to Barnsley last weekend, but then won on penalties at Luton in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Southend have exactly the same record at home and away in the league, with four victories, one draw and five losses.

They were beaten on their last visit to Fratton Park in November 2017, with Brett Pitman scoring the only goal of the game early in the second half.

TEAM NEWS
Tom Naylor is available for Pompey after the midfielder recovered from a minor groin injury.

Dion Donohue has returned to full training following a hamstring problem, but the game comes too soon for him, while David Wheeler (hamstring) is also out.

Southend have a host of injury problems, with Ben Coker, Tom Hopper and Harry Kyprianou all out for the season. There is also a slight doubt over top scorer Simon Cox (knee).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Gareth Evans or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 16 wins
Southend: 11 wins
8 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Southend: 2 wins
4 draws

TICKETS
Secure your seat online here or a pay a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, they will be available from both ticket offices (Anson Road and Frogmore Road) from 9am on Saturday.

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 4/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 4/1.

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
Accrington v Sunderland
AFC Wimbledon v Rochdale
Blackpool v Charlton
Bristol Rovers v Doncaster
Burton v Shrewsbury
Luton v Fleetwood
Peterborough v Oxford
Plymouth v Bradford
Scunthorpe v Gillingham
Walsall v Coventry
Wycombe v Barnsley

LAST FRATTON MEETING


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