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Match Preview: Pompey v Barnsley

All you need to know about League One clash

22 February 2019

Pompey v Barnsley

Pompey welcome Barnsley to Fratton Park this weekend for a clash between two sides chasing promotion to the Championship.

The visitors are trying to get back there at the first attempt after suffering relegation on the final day of last term.

They are doing a good job of achieving that under Daniel Stendel – who took charge over the summer – and have not been beaten in 13 league games.

It has seen them rise up to second in the table, four points clear of Sunderland in third position and five ahead of the Blues.

The Tykes have a better record at Oakwell, but still managed to secure eight league victories on the road this season.

Their most recent away fixture resulted in a convincing 4-1 triumph at Gillingham a fortnight ago, the same result achieved at AFC Wimbledon last month.

Gareth Evans was on target when the sides played out a 1-1 stalemate up north just before Christmas.

You have to go back to 2011 to find the last meeting at Fratton Park, with David Norris and Luke Varney on target in a 2-0 victory.

TEAM NEWS
Andy Cannon (quad), Nathan Thompson (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still sidelined for Pompey.

Luke McGee has returned to full training following a wrist injury, but Lloyd Isgrove cannot feature against his parent club.

Barnsley will be without top scorer Kieffer Moore, who has been suffering from concussion, while there is a doubt over Ben Williams (knee).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 21 wins
Barnsley: 18 wins
13 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 14 wins
Barnsley: 5 wins
6 draws

TICKETS
Seats have sold out in the home sections of the ground and supporters are advised to see if any are available via the ticket exchange.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic 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 Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin 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 and Snapchat account.

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 by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Barnsley are the 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 17/10.

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

Saturday
Scunthorpe v Doncaster (1pm)
Accrington v Southend
AFC Wimbledon v Charlton
Blackpool v Oxford
Bristol Rovers v Sunderland
Burton v Fleetwood
Peterborough v Shrewsbury
Plymouth v Rochdale
Walsall v Bradford
Wycombe v Gillingham

Sunday
Luton v Coventry (12pm)

LAST MEETING


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