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Match Preview: Pompey v Coventry

All you need to know about League One clash

21 April 2019

Pompey v Coventry

Pompey will look to make it an excellent Easter by beating Coventry at Fratton Park on Monday lunchtime.

A dramatic victory at Burton ensured that they kept pace in the race for automatic promotion from League One.

And with the Blues now playing before everyone else, they know another win would – for a few hours at least – send them into second spot.

Rivals Barnsley and Sunderland – who both kick-off at 3pm – have tricky away games at Plymouth and Peterborough to negotiate.

But Coventry have more than pride to play for themselves, with an outside chance of still making the play-offs.

A thrilling 5-4 triumph at the Stadium of Light last week was followed by a 2-0 defeat of Bradford, a result that relegated their opponents.

It means the Sky Blues have lost just one of their past seven fixtures, although they are still five points behind sixth-placed Doncaster with just three games left to play.

Whatever happens, it has been an encouraging season back in the third tier after sealing promotion at Wembley last term.

Unfortunately, there is still plenty of off-field uncertainty, with Coventry not sure where they will be playing home matches next season.

Pompey came out on top when the sides met at the Ricoh Arena back in October, courtesy of a fine strike from Ronan Curtis on the stroke of half-time.

TEAM NEWS
Dion Donohue (ankle), Lloyd Isgrove (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still missing for Pompey.

Tom Bayliss (arm) and David Meyler (shoulder) are both out for Coventry, with Brandon Mason (hamstring) a major doubt.

There are plenty of former Blues players in the opposition squad, with Conor Chaplin used as a substitute in recent weeks after returning from injury.

Tom Davies and Dominic Hyam – the latter of whom never played during a loan spell at Fratton Park – are likely to line-up in the centre of defence, while goalkeeper Liam O’Brien is also in the Sky Blues squad.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett on the race for automatic promotion and what he makes of Coventry.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Coventry: 15 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 wins
Coventry: 4 wins
4 draws

TICKETS
There is limited availability for Monday’s game and tickets can be bought online here.

Subject to availability, they will also be sold from both ticket offices from 9am on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

Please note that, due to the game being televised live, there are fewer than 100 car parking spaces available behind the North Stand.

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 12pm on Monday.

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 Tuesday.

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 visitors can be backed at 19/5.

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

Monday
Southend v Burton (1pm)
Blackpool v Fleetwood
Bradford v Gillingham
Bristol Rovers v Rochdale
Charlton v Scunthorpe
Peterborough v Sunderland
Plymouth v Barnsley
Shrewsbury v Oxford
Wycombe v Walsall

Tuesday
Doncaster v Accrington (7.45pm)
Luton v AFC Wimbledon (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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