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Play-Off Preview: Oxford v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One contest

6 July 2020

Oxford v Pompey

There is everything to play for at the Kassam Stadium this evening, as Pompey visit Oxford in the second leg of the League One play-offs (5pm kick-off).

It finished all square on the south coast on Friday, with Ronan Curtis’ deserved opener cancelled out by Marcus Browne.

But Kenny Jackett’s side were left frustrated that a number of shouts for penalties were controversially dismissed.

The result did, however, ensure that the Blues finished their league campaign unbeaten at Fratton Park.

Now they will look to win at a United side who also have an impressive record, with only three sides claiming maximum points in Oxfordshire.

With the away goal rule not used in the play-offs, a draw would ensure the tie went to extra-time, with penalties an option if the teams still cannot be separated.

A global pandemic ensured a meeting at Oxford during the regular league season was ultimately cancelled.

But there was a 2-2 draw in the Leasing.com Trophy, with Pompey winning a bonus point shoot-out to top the group.

TEAM NEWS
Despite playing for the first time in almost four months, Pompey have no injury concerns following the first leg.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the second leg and watch the video below to see what he thought about the first game.

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

At Oxford
Pompey: 8 wins
Oxford: 18 wins
9 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Darren England
Assistants: Nick Greenhalgh and Richard Wild
Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue

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 4.30pm this evening.

Please note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of play-off games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected live broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, while supporters outside the UK should check local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region. Click here for a list of international EFL broadcasters.

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 Tuesday.

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

BETTING
Oxford are the 8/11 favourites to make it to the Wembley final, while Pompey can be backed at Evens.

Remember to visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

LAST MEETING


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