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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One test

17 August 2021

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Pompey v Shrewsbury

Pompey will aim to start the season with a hat-trick of League One wins by beating Shrewsbury on home soil this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Victories over Fleetwood and Crewe have placed Danny Cowley’s side in second place at this extremely early stage.

Their opponents, by contrast, are still looking to put their first points on the board following defeats to Burton and Morecambe.

They did, however, enjoy a penalty shoot-out triumph over Lincoln to reach the second round of the Carabao Cup.

There is also the welcome sight of Steve Cotterill back in the dug-out after a spell in intensive care after contracting Covid-19.

He will, of course, be making a return to Fratton Park, having taken charge of the Blues in the Championship between 2010 and 2011.

The sides met on the opening day of last season and played out a turgid goalless draw on the south coast.

It was more exciting in Shropshire for Cowley’s second match at the helm, when John Marquis both scored and was sent off in a 2-1 victory for Pompey.

Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are the only players currently in the treatment room, while Callum Johnson is still suspended.

The visitors are without defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

Shrewsbury also have injury doubts over forwards Ryan Bowman (hamstring) and Shaun Whalley (hand).

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and George Hirst ahead of the game or watch the video below.

Pompey: 15 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
4 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 11 wins
Shrewsbury: 2 wins
2 draws

Fans can purchase tickets online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office, with no matchday price increase for tonight’s game.

Supporters buying tickets at the game tonight can either go to the ticket office or the booth behind the Fratton End.

Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

Please note that Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium and supporters will need to use contactless payment methods when purchasing tickets, food and drink.

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Ryan Whitaker and Michael Chard
Fourth Official: Nicholas Dunn

Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live – with four-camera coverage – by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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.

Pompey are the 7/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 21/5.

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

All games kick-off at 7.45pm

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AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
Burton v Sunderland
Cheltenham v Ipswich
Lincoln v Bolton
MK Dons v Charlton
Morecambe v Rotherham
Oxford v Crewe
Plymouth v Cambridge
Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood
Wigan v Wycombe


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