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Match Preview: Accrington v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

22 October 2021

Accrington Stanley v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Accrington v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

22 October 2021

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Pompey do not have fond memories of their meetings with Accrington during the 2020/21 campaign.

Both matches took place during the final 12 days of the season, with John Marquis thinking he had struck a late winner at the Crown Ground.

But the striker than inadvertently found his own net moments later to ensure a crazy contest finished 3-3.

The encounter at Fratton Park proved even more disappointing, with Stanley’s 1-0 success denying the Blues a spot in the play-offs.

Now Danny Cowley’s men will be hoping for a better outcome on their latest visit to Lancashire this weekend.

They are currently sitting four points – and seven positions – behind their 10th-placed hosts in the League One standings.

John Coleman’s side have won four of their five games on home soil, with their only setback a 4-1 defeat to Wigan last month.

They also enjoyed a 3-2 away victory at Charlton earlier in the week – a result that led to Addicks boss Nigel Adkins losing his job.

Pompey have won only once at Accrington since 1925, with Michael Doyle netting an absolute screamer in a 3-1 success in March 2016.

Paul Downing (hamstring), Ellis Harrison (ankle) and skipper Clark Robertson (hip) are all still sidelined.

Jayden Reid (knee) is a long-term absentee for Pompey, but Liam Vincent (shin) has returned to light training.

Ross Sykes (thigh) is an injury doubt for Accrington, with striker Dion Charles currently out of favour after having his commitment to the club questioned.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Ronan Curtis ahead of the game or watch the below video.

Pompey: 6 wins
Accrington: 4 wins
7 draws

At Accrington
Pompey: 2 wins
Accrington: 2 wins
5 draws

Pompey fans can buy tickets online here or from the Anson Road ticket office until 3pm on Friday or at the Crown Ground on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistants: Shaun Hudson and Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official: Martin Woods

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2.45pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 Sunday.

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

Pompey are the 13/8 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

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

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