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Match Preview: Walsall v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

12 March 2019

Walsall v Pompey

Pompey are back on the road this evening, as they face Walsall in their final scheduled midweek away fixture of the season.

And the Blues will be searching for a performance like the one they produced in the 5-1 rout of Bradford, rather than in Saturday’s narrow loss at Charlton.

Their opponents are in decent form and have collected seven points from their past three fixtures, including a 2-0 home victory over Fleetwood at the weekend.

But those recent results followed a run of just one win in 13 matches in all competitions, which saw the Saddlers dragged right into the battle for survival.

Dean Keates’ men have since moved up to 16th position, but are still just three points above the drop zone.

Walsall are now in their 12th successive season at this level, having won the League Two title back in 2007.

They narrowly missed out on automatic promotion three years ago before being thrashed by Barnsley in the play-offs.

But it was a different story last term, as they only managed to secure their third tier status in the penultimate fixture.

Gareth Evans scored the only goal when Pompey visited the Bescot Stadium last March, while Oli Hawkins and Ronan Curtis were on target in a 2-0 victory at Fratton Park earlier this season.

TEAM NEWS
Omar Bogle is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring problem, but the Blues are still without Andy Cannon (quad), Bryn Morris (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Walsall have a doubt over winger Matt Jarvis (ankle), but expect Joe Edwards to recover from a knock that saw him substituted at the weekend.

The hosts are definitely missing top scorer Andy Cook, who completes a three-match ban following his red card against Bradford last month.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Walsall: 7 wins
9 draws

At Walsall
Pompey: 4 wins
Walsall: 4 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Seats are still available and can be purchased from the cash turnstiles tonight. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary 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 Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

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

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

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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 Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the evens favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 11/4.

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

LAST MEETING


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