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Match Preview: Burton v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

18 April 2019

Burton v Pompey

Pompey begin what could be a crucial bank holiday weekend with a trip to the Pirelli Stadium to face Burton.

The importance of the occasion for Kenny Jackett’s side is highlighted by the presence of the Sky Sports cameras at both Easter fixtures.

They are behind Sunderland only on goal difference, with both clubs having a game in hand on Barnsley.

It is the Tykes – two points better off – who currently hold that all-important second spot behind leaders Luton, while Charlton are also in the automatic promotion mix.

The Blues’ next opponents are mathematically still in with a chance of maxing the play-offs, although it appears an unlikely scenario.

Nigel Clough’s Brewers have nine points to make up on sixth-placed Doncaster and only four games left to do so.

They are in a rich vein of form, however, failing to win just one of their past five fixtures – and helping Pompey in the process.

Burton beat Barnsley 3-1 on home soil at the start of the month and then held Sunderland to a draw in the north-east a few days later.

Unfortunately, though, they appear to have left it too late to make an instant return to the Championship following last season’s relegation.

The sides played out a 2-2 stalemate on the south coast earlier in the season, while the Blues lost 2-0 when they last visited the Pirelli Stadium in 2014.

TEAM NEWS
Dion Donohue (ankle) and Lloyd Isgrove (groin) are expected to miss the Easter fixtures, but Andy Cannon and Viv Solomon-Otarbor are available again.

The duo came through a reserve match at Bournemouth unscathed earlier in the week, although Jack Whatmough (knee) is still sidelined.

David Templeton (knee) will miss the rest of the season for Burton, who also have a doubt over Jake Buxton (calf).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 1 win
Burton: 1 win
3 draws

At Pirelli Stadium
Pompey: 1 win
Burton: 1 win
0 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can buy terrace tickets at the cash turnstiles on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Friday.

The game has been selected for live television coverage, so there will be no live video on iFollow for overseas subscribers.

Viewers in the UK can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football, while overseas supporters should check their local listings.

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 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 Saturday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

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 LEAGUE ONE
Kick-off 3pm unless stated

Good Friday
Coventry v Bradford (1pm)
Oxford v Charlton (1pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers
Barnsley v Shrewsbury
Fleetwood v Peterborough
Gillingham v Plymouth
Rochdale v Wycombe
Scunthorpe v Blackpool
Walsall v Southend
Sunderland v Doncaster (5.15pm)

Saturday
Accrington v Luton (5.30pm)

LAST MEETING


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