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Match Preview: Pompey v Blackpool

All you need to know about League One clash

23 February 2018

Pompey v Blackpool

Pompey have won two of the past three away games to reignite a play-off push.

But now they will be hoping to get their home form back on track by beating Blackpool this weekend.

A run of one victory from 14 games saw the Seasiders suffer an alarming drop down the League One table.

They arrested the slide with an impressive 2-0 triumph at high-flying Wigan recently, though, and go into Saturday’s contest on a four-match unbeaten run.

But Gary Bowyer’s men – who were promoted via the play-offs last term – are still only three points above the drop zone.

And they will arrive at Fratton Park having collected three points on the road just four times all season.

Pompey emerged 3-2 victors when the sides clashed at Bloomfield Road earlier in the campaign, courtesy of a second half goal-fest.

And you have to go all the way back to 1971 to find the last time the Blues were beaten by the Seasiders on the south coast.

TEAM NEWS
Kal Naismith has recovered from a groin injury, but Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman are both still sidelined with hamstring problems.

Nathan Thompson serves the second game of a four-match ban following his red card at Southend last Saturday.

Pompey are also still without the injured trio of Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Blackpool will be without Callum Cooke (heel), Mark Cullen (hamstring) and Jim McAlister (leg), but top Kyle Vassell has returned to fitness.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 21 Wins
Blackpool: 25 Wins
22 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 15 Wins
Blackpool: 9 Wins
10 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be bought online here. They will be on sale (subject to availability) from the booth behind the Fratton End on the day of the game.

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 can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

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 Sunday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 3/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Bristol Rovers v Scunthorpe
Bury v Gillingham
Charlton v Shrewsbury
Fleetwood v MK Dons
Northampton v Oxford
Oldham v Southend
Peterborough v AFC Wimbledon
Plymouth v Bradford
Rotherham v Doncaster
Walsall v Blackburn
Wigan v Rochdale

LAST MEETING


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