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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

20 February 2018

Fleetwood Town v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Fleetwood v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

20 February 2018

Pompey make their longest trek of the season with a stamina-busting midweek visit to Fleetwood this evening.

The match was originally scheduled for the first Saturday in January, but the hosts’ run to the third round of the FA Cup – where they took Leicester to a replay – dictated a switch.

Those clashes with the recent Premier League champions came in the midst of an encouraging spell for the Cod Army.

They had finished 2017 with successive victories and a win at Southend just over a month ago left the Lancashire outfit just seven points adrift of the final play-off place.

But a disastrous string of five successive league defeats – with a Checkatrade Trophy exit sandwiched in the middle – means it is now just goal difference keeping them outside the drop zone.

That poor form resulted in the dismissal of manager Uwe Rosler at the weekend, with coaches Barry Nicholson and David Lucas taking temporary charge.

Braces from Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe saw Pompey ease to a 4-1 win when the sides clashed at Fratton Park back in September.

But they were beaten 3-1 on their only previous visit to Highbury in 2014, with Fleetwood going on to win League Two promotion via the play-offs.

Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman will both miss out, having suffered hamstring injuries against Southend on Saturday.

Nathan Thompson starts a four-match ban after being sent off for the second time this season at Roots Hall.

Matty Kennedy returns from an ankle problem, but the Blues are still without Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Fleetwood are close to having a fully-fit squad available, with midfielder George Glendon (calf) the only doubt.

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Pompey: 1 win
Fleetwood: 2 wins
0 Draws

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

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There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with
highlights to follow on Wednesday.

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 8/5 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 19/10.

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