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Match Preview: Pompey v Bradford

All you need to know about League One clash

1 March 2019

Pompey v Bradford

Pompey will put Wembley excitement to one side as they look to reignite their promotion challenge agains Bradford on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett’s side have a Checkatrade Trophy final at the national stadium to look forward to at the end of the month.

But the more pressing matter is trying to close the five-point gap to Barnsley, who currently occupy second spot.

After five successive third tier stalemates, the Blues will want to return to winning ways against the struggling Bantams.

Their visitors are only being kept off the foot of the table by AFC Wimbledon, although are just three points adrift of safety.

City are currently under the caretaker charge of Martin Drury following David Hopkin’s decision to step down as manager on Monday.

He had only been appointed in September following the decision to sack Michael Collins just seven games into the season.

Bradford have a solitary victory since New Year’s Day and lost 3-2 at Walsall in their most recent outing, despite the hosts playing all but six minutes with 10 men.

Gareth Evans was on target when Pompey triumphed at Valley Parade back in November, although it was the Yorkshire outfit who triumphed 1-0 in last season’s Fratton contest.

TEAM NEWS
Christian Burgess (ankle) is set for a short spell on the sidelines, while Omar Bogle (hamstring), Andy Cannon (quad) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all missing.

Lloyd Isgrove and Bryn Morris are both back in contention after being cup-tied against Bury on Tuesday evening.

Former Fratton loanee Eoin Doyle is likely to feature for the visitors, who will be without Jake Reeves (groin), Sean Scannell (back) and Calum Woods (hamstring).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 17 wins
Bradford: 18 wins
4 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Bradford: 7 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
There is limited seating available and tickets can be bought online here or from the Anson Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, they can also be purchased from the matchday ticket office on Frogmore Road on the day of the game.

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
Pompey are the 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/2.

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
Southend v Barnsley (12.30pm)
Accrington v Coventry
Bristol Rovers v Blackpool
Burton v Walsall
Doncaster v Charlton
Fleetwood v Gillingham
Luton v Rochdale
Oxford v Scunthorpe
Peterborough v Wycombe
Shrewsbury v AFC Wimbledon
Sunderland v Plymouth

LAST MEETING


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