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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One clash

26 January 2018

Pompey v Shrewsbury Town

Pompey’s run of fiendish fixtures continues with the visit of promotion-chasing Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The visitors had been in the top two for most of the season, only to drop out after failing to beat Doncaster last week.

That allowed Blackburn to leapfrog them in the table, although it is only goal difference separating the sides.

It is not just the league that Shrewsbury are impressing in, however, as they took West Ham to an FA Cup third round replay before eventually bowing out after extra-time.

And fans will no doubt start dreaming of Wembley now that Paul Hurst’s men have reached the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Shrews enjoy the best home record in League One and have secured 10 victories at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

That includes a 2-0 defeat of Pompey – courtesy of goals from Shaun Whalley and Stefan Payne – just before Christmas.

But the Blues can perhaps take heart from the fact that their opponents have only won six times on their travels

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans could feature for Pompey after recovering from a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the past four games.

But Brandon Haunstrup (knee), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Stuart O’Keefe (groin), Danny Rose (leg) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all sidelined.

Shrewsbury have been dealt a blow by the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been hit with a three-game ban, while Junior Brown (knee) also misses out.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Gareth Evans on Saturday’s game or subscribe to a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 Wins
Shrewsbury: 8 Wins
2 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 10 Wins
Shrewsbury: 1 Win
0 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be bought online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

On the day of the game, they can be purchased – subject to availability – from the booths behind the Fratton End.

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 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/2.

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
Blackburn v Northampton
Blackpool v Charlton
Bradford v AFC Wimbledon
Doncaster v Bristol Rovers
Gillingham v Fleetwood
Oldham v Plymouth
Southend v Scunthorpe

LAST MEETING


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