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Match Preview: Pompey v Coventry

Everything you need to know about League One clash

20 August 2019

Pompey v Coventry

Pompey will welcome a return to Fratton Park as they look to complete their 100 per cent home start to the season by beating Coventry.

Kenny Jackett’s side have lost fixtures they have dominated on the road at Shrewsbury and Sunderland.

But south coast victories over Birmingham – in the Carabao Cup – and Tranmere have provided more cheer.

They now face a Sky Blues outfit that remain unbeaten in all competitions at this embryonic stage of the 2019/20 campaign.

Coventry have only played one away fixture, however, which was a goalless draw against troubled Bolton.

Mark Robins’ men have won all three of their ‘home’ games, which are taking place at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s ground this season.

That is due to an ongoing dispute between the club and the owners of their usual Ricoh Arena venue, which also forced them to play at Northampton a few years ago.

City were most recently in action against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, with Jordan Shipley and Gervane Kastaneer on target in a 2-0 triumph.

But Pompey won both meetings between the teams last term, including a 2-1 success at Fratton Park that came courtesy of goals from Tom Naylor and Brett Pitman.

TEAM NEWS
The game will likely come too soon for Bryn Morris following a groin problem, while Oli Hawkins (foot), Jack Whatmough (knee) and Ryan Williams (quad) are also out.

Jodi Jones is not ready to feature for the visitors as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, but Coventry do not have any fresh worries.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD

Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Coventry: 15 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Coventry: 4 wins
4 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold out of tickets in the home sections of the ground, although fans are advised to keep checking to see if any seats are released via the ticket exchange.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: Paul Kelly and Stuart Butler
Fourth Official: Steven Plane

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary, replays and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass. Click here for more details.

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

Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

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

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.

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 17/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors 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 LEAGE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Accrington v Shrewsbury
Bristol Rovers v Tranmere
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Gillingham v Blackpool
Ipswich v AFC Wimbledon
MK Dons v Lincoln
Oxford v Burton
Rochdale v Sunderland
Southend v Peterborough

LAST MEETING


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