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Match Preview: Shrewsbury v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

22 March 2019

Shrewsbury v Pompey

Wembley fever has swept Pompey, with more than 40,000 tickets snapped up for the Checkatrade Trophy final.

But the Blues have to put that excitement behind them and focus on trying to collect League One points at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett’s side are just four points adrift of the automatic promotion places and can move above third-placed Sunderland, who are not in action his weekend.

Their opponents, meanwhile, are one of a number of sides involved in an incredible battle to beat the drop.

Any of the teams currently in the bottom half of the table could conceivably go down, with the Shrews currently in 18th position.

Sam Ricketts’ outfit are just a couple of points above the relegation places with eight games left to play.

The Shropshire side were in the top two for most of last term as they came close to snatching a Championship spot, but ended up losing to Rotherham at Wembley in the play-offs.

It finished all square when Shrewsbury visited Fratton Park back in September, with a Brett Pitman penalty cancelling out Greg Docherty’s opener.

TEAM NEWS
Viv Solomon-Otabor (calf) will miss out for Pompey after going off injured in last week’s win over Scunthorpe.

Also missing for the visitors are Andy Cannon (thigh), Ronan Curtis (finger), Dion Donohue (groin), Bryn Morris (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Shrewsbury have doubts over defenders James Bolton, Luke Waterfall and Ro-Shaun Williams, while Ryan Sears is on international duty with Wales U21s.

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: 12 wins
Shrewsbury: 9 wins
3 draws

At Shrewsbury
Pompey: 2 wins
Shrewsbury: 7 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Seats are still available and can be bought from Pompey until 5pm today or at Shrewsbury on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

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 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 19/10.

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
Kick-off 3pm unless stated

Walsall v Barnsley (12pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
Bradford v Blackpool
Burton v Accrington
Coventry v Oxford
Luton v Doncaster
Peterborough v Southend
Plymouth v Bristol Rovers
Rochdale v Scunthorpe

LAST MEETING


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