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Match Preview: Pompey v Oxford

All you need to know about League One clash

24 March 2018

Pompey v Oxford United

Pompey will aim to revitalise their play-off push when they take on Oxford on Sunday afternoon.

Kenny Jackett’s side go in search of their first home victory of 2018 in a match that is being screened live on Sky Sports.

Plenty of results went the Blues’ way on Saturday and it means a win would leave them just two points outside the top six.

But they will be wary about facing a United side who might well be lifted by the appointment of Karl Robinson earlier in the week.

Derek Fazackerley had been in caretaker charge for two months following January’s dismissal of Pep Clotet.

Oxford are currently lying in 16th position and will be keen to increase the five-point gap above the League One drop zone.

They, like Pompey, go into the game on the back of a win, with Rob Dickie and James Henry on target in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Peterborough.

The eight league fixtures before that, however, had resulted in just a solitary victory, while there was also a Checkatrade Trophy exit to Chelsea’s under-21s.

Pompey are searching for their first Fratton win over United since 1997 and trying to avenge a 3-0 loss at the Kassam Stadium back in August.

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans is available again following a hamstring injury, while Nathan Thompson has completed a four-match ban.

But the Blues are still without Oli Hawkins (hamstring), Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Oxford trio Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (England U20), Canice Carroll (Republic of Ireland U19) and Gino van Kessel (Curacao) are all away on international duty.

The visitors will also be missing Rob Hall (knee), Curtis Nelson (Achilles) and Joe Rothwell (hamstring).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 22 Wins
Oxford: 20 Wins
17 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 15 Wins
Oxford: 4 Wins
9 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured online here or from the booth behind the Fratton End on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

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 will not be able to watch the game on iFollow because it is a televised fixture. Click here for more details.

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 Monday.

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 17/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 10/3.

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

NEXT WEEK IN LEAGUE ONE
Thursday
Blackburn v Bradford (7.45pm)
Gillingham v MK Dons (7.45pm)

Good Friday
Oxford v Scunthorpe (12.45pm)
Wigan v Oldham
AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood
Blackpool v Doncaster
Bristol Rovers v Bury
Northampton v Charlton
Plymouth v Southend
Rochdale v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Peterborough

LAST TIME OUT


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