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Match Preview: Pompey v Accrington

All you need to know about League One test

8 May 2021

Pompey v Accrington Stanley

It is a simple equation for Pompey going into the final round of League One fixtures – win and they are in the play-offs.

But Accrington will be looking to spoil the party when the sides meet at Fratton Park on Sunday (12pm kick-off).

A draw or defeat could be enough for Danny Cowley’s men if Oxford and Charlton drop points against Burton and Hull respectively.

That scenario could lead to plenty of chewed fingernails, however, and fans watching from home will hope for a more relaxed afternoon.

John Coleman’s Stanley are sitting 13th in the third tier standings and have nothing but pride to play for.

Pompey flag
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But you do not even have to go back two weeks to know that they will still likely provide stiff opponents for the Blues.

A rearranged contest at a sodden Crown Ground resulted in the points being shared in a six-goal thriller.

John Marquis thought he had nabbed an acrobatic stoppage-time winner, only to then inadvertently find his own net a few moments later.

Accrington head south on a four-match unbeaten run, drawing their past three games against promotion contenders Sunderland, Pompey and Charlton.

The most recent Fratton clash finished 1-1 and came on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign, with Ben Close on target.


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The injured trio of Alex Bass (foot), Ellis Harrison (knee) and Michael Jacobs (knee) are all still sidelined for Pompey.

But Jack Whatmough has now completed a four-match ban, while Jordy Hiwula is available again after recovering from an ankle problem.

Boyhood Blues fan Matt Butcher is a doubt for the visitors with a hamstring issue, while Ross Sykes has been out injured since January.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Marcus Harness ahead of the game.

Pompey: 6 wins
Accrington: 3 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 4 wins
Accrington: 1 win
2 draws

Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Hristo Karaivanov and Simon Shaw
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

Supporters in the UK can watch the contest live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football or by purchasing a NOW streaming pass.

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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 Monday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 8/15 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/1.

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

All games kick-off at 12pm

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Oxford v Burton
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