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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Pompey

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15 January 2021

Fleetwood v Pompey

It does not seem too long ago since Pompey and Fleetwood last clashed in a battle for points.

And, well, that is because it wasn’t – with the Blues having only played one league match since the pair faced off at Fratton Park before Christmas.

That game finished goalless and was a pretty fractious affair, with the hosts then having their next three fixtures postponed due to a mixture of Covid-19 and the weather.

A lot has changed for the Cod Army since that bad-tempered evening on the south coast just over four weeks ago.

They dismissed Joey Barton as manager, despite the club sitting just three points outside the play-off places in 10th position.

Youth team boss Simon Wiles was handed the reins on an interim basis, but his only game in charge to date was Tuesday evening’s Papa John’s Trophy defeat at Hull.

They led that tie 2-0 with just 12 minutes remaining, only to concede three late goals to exit the competition.

Fleetwood have drawn their past three league matches – a run that started at Fratton Park – and are now sitting 11th, looking to close the six-point gap to Pompey having played a game more.

Kenny Jackett’s side were beaten 1-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture, although did win 2-1 at Highbury in the FA Cup.

TEAM NEWS
Ronan Curtis is currently self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, but will hopefully return to training on Sunday.

Alex Bass (calf) and Paul Downing (hamstring) are the only two players currently in the Pompey treatment room.

Fleetwood handed a debut to Blackburn loan keeper Joe Hilton earlier in the week, with Alex Cairns self-isolating after suffering Covid symptoms and Joel Coleman injured.

Striker Kyle Vassell could make his Cod Army bow against the Blues after arriving from Rotherham for the remainder of the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ryan Williams ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 5 wins
Fleetwood: 3 wins
2 draws

At Highbury
Pompey: 3 wins
Fleetwood: 2 wins
0 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: James Bell
Assistants: Richard Bartlett and Matthew Bristow
Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge

MATCH COVERAGE
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 Alan McLoughlin 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.

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.

Fixture News

Fleetwood v Pompey: iFollow Commentary

15 January 2021

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.

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 for listeners on the radio and iFollow audio stream.

However, because this will not sync up with the iFollow video stream, supporters watching the game will only hear ambient stadium noise. Alternatively, they can use the settings cog to switch to local Fleetwood commentary.

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BETTING
Pompey are the 27/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 85/40.

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

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Rochdale v Wigan
Swindon v Doncaster

CLASSIC CONTEST


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