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Match Preview: Peterborough v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

16 March 2021

Peterborough United v Pompey

Pompey’s post-Kenny Jackett era begins with a League One trip to high-flying Peterborough this evening (7pm kick-off).

The manager left the club over the weekend after almost four years at the helm and with a couple of promotion near-misses – as well as an EFL Trophy triumph – under his belt.

His assistant Joe Gallen is taking temporary charge of the team tonight, while the hunt for a new boss continues.

And with the Blues trying to arrest their alarming run of form, they could not have asked for a much tougher test than a trip to London Road.

The hosts are currently sitting second in the standings and have collected 10 more points than Pompey, who dropped to seventh over the weekend.

But Posh are currently on a three-match winless run and have suffered successive defeats to Burton and leaders Hull.

The latter loss came despite Reece Brown’s early opener on home soil at the weekend, with the Tigers ultimately triumphing 3-1.

A youthful Blues side were thrashed 5-1 when the sides met in the Papa John’s Trophy back in January.

But they emerged victorious in front of 2,000 fans at Fratton Park in the league the previous month, courtesy of goals from Jack Whatmough and Tom Naylor.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will be handing late fitness tests to striking duo Ellis Harrison (knee) and John Marquis (ankle).

Alex Bass (foot) is still out, while Callum Johnson is not ready to feature after returning to training following a calf problem, but Andy Cannon is available again.

Peterborough will be missing Flynn Clarke (hip), Ronnie Edwards (thigh) and Jack Taylor (hamstring), as well as suspended midfielder Ethan Hamilton.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of caretaker manager Joe Gallen ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Peterborough: 10 wins
9 draws

At London Road
Pompey: 4 wins
Peterborough: 4 wins
6 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: James Oldham
Assistants: Ian Smedley and Joseph Stokes
Fourth Official: Declan Ford

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 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.

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 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 Peterborough commentary if they prefer.

BETTING
Peterborough are the 11/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 13/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. 18+. Be Gamble Aware.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Tonight
AFC Wimbledon v Wigan (6.30pm)
Blackpool v Burton
Charlton v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln v Gillingham
MK Dons v Plymouth
Oxford v Doncaster
Fleetwood v Ipswich (7.45pm)

Tomorrow
Accrington v Sunderland

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