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Match Preview: Pompey v Altrincham

Everything you need to know about Emirates FA Cup clash

29 November 2019

Pompey v Altrincham

Pompey will look to avoid being victims of an FA Cup upset when they face Altrincham at Fratton Park this weekend.

Their opponents have enjoyed plenty of past giant-killings – most notably in the 1980s – and upset Barnsley four years ago.

The Robins have already seen off Chester, Halesowen, Southport and York to reach this stage of the competition.

And they head to the south coast on the back of an impressive 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

That includes another victory at York in the FA Trophy and has seen them pull away from the National League North relegation zone.

Phil Parkinson’s men currently occupy 15th position – seven points clear of the bottom two and six adrift of the play-off spots.

It means there will be two in-form sides meeting on Saturday, with Pompey losing just one of their past 12 fixtures.

Altrincham are currently 76 places below the Blues in the football pyramid, but will be hoping to make their cup pedigree count.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Altrincham (H)

28 November 2019

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s win, while a fit-again Sean Raggett is back in contention.

Ross McCrorie (hamstring) and Tom Naylor (hamstring) are both expected to return to full training next week.

Jack Whatmough is not ready for selection after recovering from a serious knee problem, while Bryn Morris (groin) is still sidelined.

Tom Peers was Altrincham’s hero in the last round, scoring the only goal of the game to secure progress at York.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Oli Hawkins or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

HEAD TO HEAD
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure seats online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

From 9am on Saturday, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Tom Nield
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Christopher Husband
Fourth Official: Robert Desmond

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected for live overseas television coverage and supporters should check local listings to see if it is being televised in their region.

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 Sunday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 1/5 favourites with Sky Bet to progress on the day, while the visitors can be backed at 12/1.

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.

Please note that in-stadium betting is no longer available at Fratton Park.

ALSO IN FA CUP
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Tonight
Maldon & Tiptree v Newport (7.55pm)

Saturday
Cheltenham v Port Vale
Forest Green v Carlisle
Kingstonian v AFC Fylde
Oldham v Burton
Shrewsbury v Mansfield
Walsall v Oxford
Eastleigh v Crewe (5.30pm)

Sunday
Blackpool v Maidstone (2pm)
Bristol Rovers v Plymouth (2pm)
Coventry v Ipswich (2pm)
Crawley v Fleetwood (2pm)
Exeter v Hartlepool (2pm)
Gillingham v Doncaster (2pm)
Northampton v Notts County (2pm)
Peterborough v Dover (2pm)
Rochdale v Boston (2pm)
Tranmere v Chichester (3pm)

Monday
Solihull v Rotherham (7.45pm)

FA CUP DRAW
The third round draw will take place from approximately 7pm on Monday and be screened live on BBC Two.

Click here for a list of the draw numbers.

LAST ROUND


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