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Match Preview: Pompey v Oxford

Everything you need to know about League One clash

1 November 2019

Pompey v Oxford

With Pompey unbeaten at Fratton Park in the league and Oxford on a fantastic run of form, something surely has to give on Saturday.

Wycombe and Sunderland are the only other sides in the division yet to have tasted defeat on their own turf this term.

But their opponents will head to the south coast full of confidence and sitting fifth in the current third tier standings.

They have dropped a mere four points from the past eight League One fixtures, although have just two victories on the road.

One of those, however, was a 6-0 rout of Lincoln in September, which saw in-form Tariqe Fosu net a hat-trick.

Karl Robinson’s men are not just impressing in the league, though, with an exciting quarter-final clash with Manchester City in the Carabao Cup to be played next month.

Having already thrashed top-flight West Ham 4-0, they reached the last eight by beating Sunderland on penalties on Tuesday night.

Their FA Cup adventure begins with a trip to Hayes & Yeading next weekend, while Leasing.com Trophy progress has already been assured.

They missed out on top spot in the group, though, with Pompey claiming that honour by winning a bonus-point penalty shoot-out following October’s 2-2 draw.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Oxford (H)

31 October 2019

TEAM NEWS
Brett Pitman is still doubtful after missing the past three games with a groin problem, but Andy Cannon has shaken off a knock and is available.

Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are definitely all missing for the Blues.

Oxford will be without Jamie Hanson (hamstring), Rob Hall (ankle), Malachi Napa (leg), former Pompey loanee George Thorne (shoulder) and Ben Woodburn (foot).

The visitors also have fitness concerns over Cameron Brannagan (knee) and Chris Cadden (hamstring), while Fosu missed training on Thursday.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 25 wins
Oxford: 22 wins
18 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 17 wins
Oxford: 4 wins
9 draws

TICKETS
Fratton Park is sold out in the home ends for Saturday's game.

Click here for more information on Remembrance activities that will take place ahead of kick-off.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: John Flynn and Mark Derrien
Fourth Official: Ryan Atkin

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 and match pass holders can watch the action 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.

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 visitors can be backed at 9/5.

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
All games kick-off at 3pm

AFC Wimbledon v Lincoln
Blackpool v Peterborough
Bolton v Fleetwood
Coventry v Accrington
Doncaster v Burton
Gillingham v Rotherham
MK Dons v Tranmere
Rochdale v Bristol Rovers
Sunderland v Southend
Wycombe v Shrewsbury

LAST FRATTON MEETING


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