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Match Preview: Pompey v Ipswich

All you need to know about League One test

20 March 2021

Pompey v Ipswich Town

It is the start of a new era for Pompey today, as Danny Cowley takes to the Fratton Park dug-out for the first time.

His opening match in charge – flanked by younger brother Nicky – sees Ipswich visiting the south coast for a League One contest (1pm kick-off).

And a quirk of the fixture scheduling fates means that there is plenty of interest in the man stalking the other technical area as well.

The Tractor Boys also decided on a recent change of manager in an attempt to halt their slide down the table.

They opted to replace Paul Lambert with Paul Cook, who, of course, memorably led Pompey to the 2016/17 League Two title.

He has been in charge of four games so far, with one win, one draw and a couple of defeats to his name, while former Blues midfielder Gary Roberts has also joined their coaching team.

It leaves Ipswich sitting seventh in the third tier standings, three places and two points above their hosts.

They had seemed on course for promotion last term, but a dramatic downturn in form meant they were 11th when the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Pompey have already enjoyed a pair of victories over their Suffolk opponents this season – with both coming at Portman Road.

A controversial Sean Raggett goal in extra-time secured FA Cup progress, while Ryan Williams’ brace was enough to earn three points just before Christmas.

Ellis Harrison is likely to miss the rest of the season after injuring his lateral knee ligaments, while Alex Bass (foot) is still sidelined.

Pompey also have doubts over Michael Jacobs (hamstring), Callum Johnson (calf) and John Marquis (ankle).

Ipswich will have to do without key duo Flynn Downes (hamstring) and James Norwood (back) at Fratton Park.

Striker Oli Hawkins will not be able to feature against his former club, having only just returned to training following knee surgery.

Read the thoughts of new head coach Danny Cowley and midfielder Ben Close ahead of the game.

Pompey: 15 wins
Ipswich: 19 wins
12 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 wins
Ipswich: 10 wins
7 draws

Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Stuart Butler and Paul Evans
Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss

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Pompey are the 23/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 14/5.

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

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