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Match Preview: Pompey v FC Utrecht

All you need to know about pre-season friendly

27 July 2018

Pompey will play a friendly against Dutch side FC Utrecht

Pompey finish their pre-season campaign by hosting Dutch top-flight outfit FC Utrecht on Saturday (1pm kick-off).

It will be the first meeting between the sides, although there have been previous games against teams from the Netherlands.

The most recent – and high-profile – of these was in December 2008, when Heerenveen visited Fratton Park in the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

Peter Crouch’s brace and a Hermann Hreidarsson header secured a 3-0 victory, although both sides already knew they could not reach the knockout stage.

FC Utrecht are managed by Jean-Paul de Jong and captained by Willem Janssen, who has been converted from an attacking midfielder into a centre-back.

They finished fifth in the Eredivisie last term, but a play-off defeat to Vitesse saw them miss out on a place in the Europa League.

Ben Close (hamstring) and Dion Donohue (illness) are both back in training, but unlikely to feature this weekend.

The game will give the Fratton faithful a first sighting of summer signings Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Louis Dennis and Ronan Curtis.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett or watch an interview with the Blues boss.

Seats are still available for the friendly contest and can be bought online here.

On the day of the game they can be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road and the new site next to the club shop in Anson Road.

Both will be open from 9am and they are also the places to visit for supporters who are collecting pre-purchased tickets.

Only the Fratton End is open for this fixture and seats are unreserved. Fans who originally bought tickets in the South Stand will not need new tickets.

Parking in the North Stand car park is priced £5 per car on a first come, first served basis. The Victory Lounge will be open from 10am.

Domestic and overseas iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Alan Knight by signing into their account and visiting the match centre or tuning into Express FM.

Click here for 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 our live blog on the Pompey website.

You can also go behind the scenes by following our Instagram and Snapchat (pompeyofficial) accounts.

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

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