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Match Preview: Shrewsbury v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

26 March 2021

Shrewsbury Town v Pompey

By 2020/21 standards, it has been a long wait between games for Pompey following last week’s victory over Ipswich.

And the Fratton faithful will be hoping the Danny Cowley era continues its winning start at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The Blues are currently sitting in eighth position and are just a point outside the League One play-off spots with 11 games remaining.

Their next opponents, meanwhile, are down in 17th and seem to be out of the woods in terms of avoiding the drop.

That is despite the Shrews being just one point off the foot of the table when Steve Cotterill replaced Sam Ricketts as manager back in November.

They have suffered only four league defeats since, despite the former Pompey boss having to spend two spells in hospital after contracting Covid-19.

Thankfully, he is now on the mend and no doubt eager to make a return to the dug-out when fully recovered.

Cotterill was still able to inspire his troops to a 2-1 victory at Burton earlier in the week, courtesy of goals from Curtis Main and Harry Chapman.

It finished goalless when the sides met at Fratton Park on the opening day of the season, although Aaron Pierre was sent off for the visitors in the closing stages.

Callum Johnson has returned to training following a calf problem, but John Marquis (ankle) is a major doubt.

Ronan Curtis is away on Republic of Ireland international duty, while Alex Bass (foot) and Ellis Harrison (knee) are both sidelined.

Curtis Main could feature for Shrewsbury against his former club, but they will be without suspended skipper Ollie Norburn after he accumulated 10 yellow cards.

Donald Love (groin) and Aaron Pierre (calf) are also missing, alongside goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who is currently with the Montenegro national team.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and James Bolton ahead of the game.

Pompey: 14 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
4 draws

At Shrewsbury
Pompey: 3 wins
Shrewsbury: 8 wins
2 draws

Referee: Benjamin Speedie
Assistants: Kenwyn Hughes and Lisa Rashid
Fourth Official: Steven Plane

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 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.

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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 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 remote commentary from Portsmouth, but there might be a slight delay between the pictures and the audio.

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


Pompey are the 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 5/2.

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

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