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Match Preview: Pompey v Peterborough

All you need to know about League One test

4 December 2020

Pompey v Peterborough United

It is approaching nine months since Pompey fans were last allowed to attend a game at Fratton Park.

But there will be 2,000 spread out across the Fratton End, North Stand and Milton End for Saturday’s clash with Peterborough.

And those lucky enough to be able to attend will be witnessing a clash between two of the division’s entertainers.

No side in League One has netted more than Pompey’s haul of 26 goals, while Peterborough are a couple behind on 24.

But both sides come into the contest on the back of midweek defeats, with Kenny Jackett’s side losing an uneventful contest at Blackpool and their next opponents beaten at AFC Wimbledon.

And despite Posh’s position of third in the table, they are currently on a poor run of form, having lost three of their past four league games.

Also included in that run was one of the shocks of the FA Cup second round, as sixth tier Chorley were 2-1 victors at London Road last weekend.

Darren Ferguson’s men may still feel a sense of injustice about how the 2019/20 campaign ended, with Wycombe pushing them out of the play-offs when the standings were adjusted for points per game.

They took four points against the Blues last term, with Lee Brown and Ellis Harrison on target for the hosts in a 2-2 draw at Fratton Park.

TEAM NEWS
Michael Jacobs (knee) is the only player currently missing for Pompey, but the midfielder is expected to return to training soon.

Dan Butler is sidelined for the visitors with a calf problem, although fellow former Fratton full-back Nathan Thompson is expected to feature.

Peterborough will also be without Ricky-Jade Jones (leg) and Joe Ward (knee), but leading marksman Jonson Clarke-Harris returned to the side in midweek.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Peterborough: 9 wins
9 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 7 wins
Peterborough: 6 wins
3 draws

MATCHDAY INFO
A minute’s applause will take place before kick-off in memory of Papa Bouba Diop, who sadly passed away last week.

Supporters attending the game are expected to adhere to the new Code of Conduct.

A programme will be available to buy for £3.50 and is also available from the Anson Road shop. You can also buy copies online here.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Peter Wright
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Steven Plane
Fourth Official: Justin Amey

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the action live – with four-camera coverage, graphics, commentary and replays – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

Subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm.

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

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 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 6/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure the victory, while the visitors can be backed at 2/1.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday's game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Gillingham v Swindon (1pm)
Accrington v MK Dons
AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers
Burton v Crewe
Fleetwood v Blackpool
Northampton v Doncaster
Oxford v Hull
Plymouth v Ipswich
Rochdale v Lincoln
Shrewsbury v Charlton
Sunderland v Wigan

LAST FRATTON MEETING


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