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Match Preview: Pompey v Wigan

All you need to know about League One contest

25 September 2020

Pompey v Wigan Athletic

A host of familiar faces are heading down to the south coast this weekend, as Pompey and Wigan go in search of their first League One victory of the season.

Kenny Jackett’s side have played out goalless draws with Shrewsbury and Rochdale in their opening two fixtures.

The visitors have started with successive defeats to Ipswich and Gillingham following their relegation from the Championship last term.

Ex-Blues boss Paul Cook left shortly afterwards, but his assistant Leam Richardson is now working under new manager John Sheridan.

Jamal Lowe was another departure, while Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts remain and have been joined at the DW Stadium by winger Viv Solomon-Otabor, who previously had a spell on loan at Pompey.

The Latics are still in financial strife following the decision by the Hong Kong-based Next Leader Fund to place the club in administration in July.

That ultimately cost them their place in the second tier, with a 12-point deduction taking them from mid-table to the bottom three.

Pompey won 2-1 when they last hosted Wigan back in April 2018, courtesy of goals from Brett Pitman and Lowe.

TEAM NEWS
Alex Bass (ankle) is still sidelined with an ankle injury, but Ronan Curtis is available after picking up a knock at Rochdale.

Rasmus Nicolaisen could make his debut following a loan arrival from FC Midtjylland, while Michael Jacobs will hope to make his Fratton bow against his former club.

Former Blues players Naismith and Solomon-Otabor are likely to feature for the visitors, but Roberts is missing with a hamstring problem.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of Saturday’s contest at Fratton Park.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
Wigan: 5 wins
4 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 6 wins
Wigan: 2 wins
2 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Antony Coggins
Assistants: Christopher Kidd and Simon Shaw
Fourth Official: Michael Begley

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and overseas can watch the action live – with four camera coverage, graphics, replays and commentary – 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 domestic subscribers 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, 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 4/7 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/4.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Saturday
Accrington v Oxford
Crewe v MK Dons
Doncaster v Bristol Rovers
Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon
Gillingham v Blackpool
Ipswich v Rochdale
Northampton v Hull
Plymouth v Shrewsbury
Sunderland v Peterborough
Swindon v Burton

Sunday
Lincoln v Charlton

LAST MEETING


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