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Match Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

All you need to know about League One clash

5 May 2018

Pompey v Peterborough United

Pompey bring the curtain down on the 2017/18 campaign by welcoming Peterborough to the sunny south coast (5.30pm kick-off).

And it is fair to say that both sets of supporters will perhaps be wondering what might have been as they take to their seats.

It looked at one point like this evening’s contest could be a ‘winner takes all’ clash in the race for the play-offs.

But with both sides enduring a poor past few weeks, it has now become the rather more underwhelming ‘battle for eighth place’.

Three points for the Blues would see them finish in that position – a credible achievement for their first season back in League One. However, defeat could see them end up as low as 12th.

Their opponents are certainly an attacking threat, with only three sides in this division scoring more goals than the Posh this term.

A lot of that is down to the prolific form of Jack Marriott, whose 27 strikes (33 in all competitions) will surely deny Brett Pitman the Golden Boot.

Pompey were beaten 2-1 at London Road back in November, but won the last meeting at Fratton Park, with Miles Storey’s early goal settling a League Cup tie in August 2014.

TEAM NEWS
Alex Bass is a doubt with an ankle injury, although it failed to prevent him sitting on the bench at Bury last week.

Pompey are still without Stephen Henderson (groin), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (leg), Danny Rose (leg), Anton Walkes (hamstring) and Jack Whatmough (leg).

The visitors have Junior Morias, Alex Penny and Ryan Tafazolli all out, but Marcus Maddison came through last week’s game against Fleetwood unscathed following a spell on the sidelines.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 8 Wins
Peterborough: 7 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 Wins
Peterborough: 5 Wins
2 Draws

TICKETS
There are only a limited number of tickets remaining for this evening’s game. Click here to secure your seat.

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.

FINAL DAY
As is the tradition for the final match of a season, several awards will be presented on the side of the pitch before kick-off.

Several supporter clubs will be handing out their Player of the Season prizes, before the latest recipient of The News/Sports Mail trophy is announced.

This is due to start from approximately 5pm, so please make sure you are in your seats by this point.

Then, just before kick-off, there will be a minute of applause to remember all those Pompey supporters who have sadly passed away over the course of the season.

BETTING
Pompey are the 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
(All games kick-off at 5.30pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Bury
Blackburn v Oxford
Doncaster v Wigan
Fleetwood v Walsall
Gillingham v Plymouth
Northampton v Oldham
Rochdale v Charlton
Rotherham v Blackpool
Scunthorpe v Bradford
Shrewsbury v MK Dons
Southend v Bristol Rovers

LAST MEETING


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