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Match Preview: Pompey v Cheltenham

All you need to know about League One contest

2 November 2021

Pompey v Cheltenham Town

Tonight’s clash with Cheltenham (7.45pm kick-off) is unlikely to provide the same levels of drama as the last time the two sides met on the south coast.

The final day of the 2016/17 campaign will go down in Fratton folklore, as Pompey sensationally snatched the League Two title.

Paul Cook’s troops needed to win and hope that both Plymouth and Doncaster dropped points to claim the silverware.

And that is exactly what happened, with a thumping 6-1 victory ensuring that the Blues – who had not topped the standings all season – finished in first position.

A Daniel O'Shaughnessy own-goal was all that separated the teams at half-time, with Kal Naismith's brace and strikes from Kyle Bennett, Jamal Lowe and Gareth Evans completing the rout.

There was also a contest at Whaddon Road in the second round of the Papa John’s Trophy midway through last term.

Jordy Hiwula’s brace and a maiden Pompey goal for Haji Mnoga saw an unfamiliar line-up ease to a 3-0 success.

That did little to dampen the Robins’ mood that season, however, as they claimed the fourth tier title and came within 10 minutes of knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup.

Michael Duff’s men are currently sitting 16th in League One, with Matty Blair making up for an earlier own-goal by scoring a stoppage-time leveller against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS
Ryan Tunnicliffe is out with a hamstring injury after limping from the pitch towards the end of the first half on Saturday.

Skipper Clark Robertson (hip) is still out of action, along with Ellis Harrison (ankle) and Jayden Reid (knee).

Paul Downing (hamstring) and Liam Vincent (shin) are not in contention after only recently returning to training.

Will Boyle (knee), Taylor Perry (hip), Charlie Raglan (knee) and Callum Wright (knee) are all missing for the visitors.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Reeco Hackett or watch the video below.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 wins
Cheltenham: 0 wins
5 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 1 win
Cheltenham: 0 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can still secure a seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Fans buying tickets on a matchday can also visit the booth behind the Fratton End, but please note that prices increase if not purchased in advanced.

Please note that all parking has been pre-booked and there are no more spaces available in the club car park.

Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium, with contactless payments will be required in all food kiosks and hospitality areas, as well as for the purchase of tickets.

Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from 5pm this evening.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Robert Lewis
Assistants: Andy Bennett and Mark Derrien
Fourth Official: Scott Jackson

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live – with four-camera coverage – by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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.

BETTING
Pompey are the 7/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 4/1.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening's game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Charlton v Rotherham
Crewe v Doncaster
Fleetwood v Wigan
Morecambe v Cambridge
Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland
Wycombe v Ipswich

LAST LEAGUE MEETING


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