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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One opener

11 September 2020

Pompey v Shrewsbury
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One opener

11 September 2020

Pompey have started the new campaign with victories in both the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy.

Now Kenny Jackett’s side will look to complete a treble by collecting all three points from their League One opener.

Shrewsbury are the visitors to Fratton Park on Saturday in a reverse of the first game of the 2019/20 season.

The Blues were narrowly beaten in Shropshire courtesy of a Ryan Giles stunner, while Ross McCrorie was sent off on his debut for the visitors.

Sam Ricketts’ Shrews made an early exit from the Carabao Cup last weekend, although they certainly made a good fight of it in their 4-3 reverse at Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

Like their opponents today, however, Town’s number one priority will be on trying to secure league success.

They climbed one place to 15th in the standings when the points per game method was used to decide the Covid-19 halted season.

It was Pompey who came out on top when the sides last met at Fratton Park back in February, with goals from Ellis Harrison and John Marquis securing a 2-0 triumph.

Alex Bass is the only injury doubt for Pompey after injuring his ankle in the Carabao Cup tie at Stevenage.

Shrewsbury could hand a debut to loan goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who has returned from international duty with Montenegro.

Their skipper Ollie Norburn is likely to miss out with a knee problem, but Aaron Pierre should be available after returning to training.

Read the thoughts of manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the contest or watch the video below.

Pompey: 14 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 11 wins
Shrewsbury: 2 wins
1 draw

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Mike Desborough and Michael Chard
Fourth Official: Paul Yates

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Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

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

Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure victory after 90 minutes, while the visitors can be backed at 7/2.

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

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