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Match preview: Crawley v Pompey

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

9 October 2018

Crawley v Pompey

Pompey’s impressive unbeaten start to the League One season was ended by Gillingham at the weekend.

But tonight attention turns to visiting Crawley and trying to pick up points in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Jackett’s side got off to a good start in the competition last month, with a 4-0 Fratton thumping of the Gills ensuring they sit at the top of their group.

This evening’s opponents drew at home to Tottenham’s youngsters, although won the resulting penalty shoot-out to collect a bonus point.

It all means that victory at Broadfield Stadium would see Pompey reach the knockout stages with a game to spare.

Crawley are currently sitting ninth in the League Two standings and are just one point outside the play-off spots.

They have been beaten only once on their own turf so far this term – a 3-1 reverse to Stevenage back in August.

Gabriele Cioffi is the man in charge of the Reds, having been appointed last month following Harry Kewell’s defection to Notts County.

The most recent meeting between the two sides also took place in the Checkatrade Trophy, albeit at Fratton Park.

Matt Clarke, Oli Hawkins and Stuart O’Keefe all scored in a 3-1 triumph last season, while the Blues also won on their last competitive trip to Crawley in March 2017.

TEAM NEWS
Andre Green (knee) and David Wheeler (ankle) are both sidelined, although a fit-again Dion Donohue is set to play a part.

Jackett has said he will give fringe members of his squad and perhaps some younger players a chance to impress.

Former Pompey defender Bondz N’Gala could feature for Crawley, who will be without long-term injury victim Jimmy Smith (knee).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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SOUTHERN GROUP A TABLE

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
POMPEY 1 1 0 0 4 3
Crawley 1 0 1 0 0 2
Tottenham U21 1 0 1 0 0 1
Gillingham 1 0 0 1 -4 0

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall

Pompey: 5 wins
Crawley: 1 win
1 draw

At Broadfield Stadium
Pompey: 2 wins
Crawley: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Seats and terrace places are available, but can no longer be bought directly from Pompey.

They will, however, be sold from the away ticket cabin (cash only) and ticket office at Crawley this evening.

MATCH COVERAGE
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Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Mark Kelly by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

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Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 7/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 3/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated

Southern Section
Cambridge v Southampton U21 (7pm)
Plymouth v Swindon (7.30pm)
Bristol Rovers v Yeovil
Colchester v Southend
Coventry v Forest Green
Gillingham v Tottenham U21
Luton v MK Dons
Oxford v Northampton
Peterborough v Brighton U21
Stevenage v Charlton

Northern Section
Walsall v Middlesbrough U21 (7pm)
Bradford v Oldham (7.30pm)
Doncaster v Grimsby (7.30pm)
Accrington v Macclesfield
Blackpool v West Brom U21
Fleetwood v Rochdale
Mansfield v Wolves U21
Morecambe v Stoke U21
Notts County v Newcastle U21
Port Vale v Burton
Scunthorpe v Lincoln
Sunderland v Carlisle

LAST MEETING


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