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Match Preview: Oxford v Pompey

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23 February 2021

Oxford United v Pompey

It is a fixture that Pompey fans have become pretty used to over the past decade.

And the latest chapter of meetings with Oxford is about to be written at the Kassam Stadium this evening (7pm kick-off).

There were four clashes last season – and that was even with Covid-19 cancelling a scheduled trip at the end of March.

And all of them finished level after 90 minutes, but it was United celebrating in the play-offs after Cameron McGeehan’s saved penalty proved costly in the shoot-out.

Karl Robinson’s side then suffered their own heartache at Wembley, with Wycombe beating them to secure the final spot in the Championship.

After a slow start to the current campaign, Oxford have stormed up the table in recent weeks and currently sit eighth – four points behind the Blues with a game in hand.

They have been beaten just once in League One in 2021 and won nine of their past 11 fixtures, although were held to a goalless draw at Ipswich last time out.

United were also denied a spot in this term’s Papa John’s Trophy final after losing their semi-final contest with Tranmere a week ago.

It finished 1-1 when the sides met at Fratton Park back in November, with an Alex Gorrin penalty cancelling out Sean Raggett’s opener.

James Bolton is out with the ankle problem that saw him sidelined at the weekend, but Alex Bass (leg) and Michael Jacobs (hamstring) are both back in light training.

Sam Long could return from a hamstring injury for the hosts, although Oxford will be missing Marcus McGuane (thigh) and John Mousinho (knee).

Read the thoughts of assistant manager Joe Gallen ahead of the game.

Pompey: 25 wins
Oxford: 23 wins
21 draws

At Oxford
Pompey: 8 wins
Oxford: 19 wins
9 draws

Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Stephen Brown and Greg Read
Fourth Official: David Rock

Supporters in the UK can watch the action live – with graphics, commentary and replays – 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 6pm.

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 Wednesday.

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

Please note that current BBC guidelines mean commentators are not allowed to travel outside of their regions for games.

The BBC Radio Solent team will still be providing commentary from their studio, but there might be a slight delay between the pictures and the audio.

Supporters can use the settings cog to switch to local Oxford commentary if they prefer.


Pompey are the 31/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening's game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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