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Match Preview: Pompey v Hull

All you need to know about League One test

22 January 2021

Pompey v Hull City
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Hull

All you need to know about League One test

22 January 2021

Victory over Hull could see Pompey replace their opponents at the top of the League One table.

No, you haven’t travelled back in time five weeks – once again that is the situation facing the Blues ahead of a clash with the Tigers.

Kenny Jackett’s side won 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium before Christmas, courtesy of own-goals from Jacob Greaves and Josh Magennis.

It was a result that ensured they reached the summit, although a raft of postponements allowed City to reclaim that position.

Three points on Saturday – this time at Fratton Park – would not necessarily see the pair swap places, as Lincoln would also need to drop points at home to Northampton.

But it would be another instance of Pompey beating one of their promotion rivals, with Peterborough, Ipswich and Fleetwood also having been accounted for in recent weeks.

Hull finished bottom of the Championship last season, despite sitting just outside the play-off spots midway through the campaign.

But they won just once in the final 20 fixtures and were thrashed 8-0 at Wigan before defeat to Cardiff on the final day sealed their fate.

The last meeting between the sides at Fratton Park came in the second tier during the 2011/12 season, with Chris Maguire and Joel Ward on target in a 2-0 triumph for the hosts.

Alex Bass (calf) and Paul Downing (hamstring) are both still sidelined, but Pompey have no new injury concerns.

Hull will be without Tom Eaves (calf), Callum Jones (hamstring) and Martin Samuelsen (calf) for their trip to the south coast.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ryan Williams ahead of the game.

Pompey: 22 wins
Hull: 13 wins
20 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Hull: 4 wins
11 draws

Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Michael Webb and Paul Yates
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

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Pompey are the 6/4 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 2/1.

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

All games kick-off at 3pm

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Oxford v Bristol Rovers
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Wigan v Fleetwood


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