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Match Preview: Pompey v Crewe

All you need to know about League One test

20 November 2020

Pompey v Crewe

Pompey will look to bring their fine away form back to Fratton Park when they host Crewe on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It is the first of three successive games on the south coast, with Oxford the visitors on Tuesday night before an FA Cup clash with King’s Lynn next weekend.

Kenny Jackett’s side are currently sitting just inside the play-off positions and are just three points behind Hull in second.

Their next opponents were leading the League Two standings when Covid-19 called a halt to proceedings back in March.

The points-per-game method ultimately saw them leapfrogged by Swindon in the battle for the title, but the Railwaymen were still promoted to the third tier following a four-year absence.

And they have adapted to life at a higher level with relative ease, currently sitting 12th and closer to the top six than the bottom four.

David Artell’s troops head south on the back of successive victories over league leaders Peterborough and Oxford.

Crewe won 1-0 when the sides last met at Fratton Park back in March 2017, courtesy of a George Ray header.

But that provided the spark for a fine run of Blues form, as they lost just one of the next 12 games to memorably secure the League Two title.

TEAM NEWS
Jack Whatmough returned from a hamstring injury to play the second half at Plymouth on Monday, while Lee Brown has recovered from a similar problem.

It leaves Michael Jacobs (knee) as the only member of the Pompey squad who is currently unavailable.

Crewe received some bad news earlier in the week when it was revealed that Donervon Daniels will miss the rest of 2020 with a hamstring tear.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 6 wins
Crewe: 7 wins
5 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 4 wins
Crewe: 4 wins
1 draw

OFFICIALS
Referee: James Oldham
Assistants: Christopher Wade and Damith Bandara
Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable

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

Flexi-season ticket holders and members should have received a free code by email. Click here for more details.

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.

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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.

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.

PROGRAMME
There is a feature interview with Sean Raggett in Saturday’s matchday magazine, while we also speak to James Bolton and Tom Naylor.

All this plus exclusive columns, a delve into the archives and much, much more is available for just £3.50. Click here to have a copy delivered to your door.

BETTING
Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 100/30.

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

LAST MEETING


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