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Match Preview: Pompey v Cambridge

All you need to know about League One test

17 September 2021

Pompey v Cambridge United
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Cambridge

All you need to know about League One test

17 September 2021

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It is fair to say that both sides competing at Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off) will be keen to move on from last weekend.

Pompey suffered a narrow reverse at MK Dons, ensuring their run of three successive league games on the road yielded a single point.

Cambridge, meanwhile, were thrashed 5-1 on their own patch by Lincoln, with Joe Ironside’s strike proving no more than a consolation.

It has, however, not been all bad for Mark Bonner’s men since finishing second in League Two to secure automatic promotion last term.

They currently sit 16th in the standings, with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six fixtures.

Both of those successes came on home soil at the Abbey Stadium, as Burton were dispatched 3-0 and Bolton edged out by a 1-0 scoreline.

A big loss for United was the summer departure of Paul Mullin to ambitious Wrexham after the striker hit 32 goals to finish as the fourth tier’s 2020/21 leading marksman.

Pompey’s last meeting with Cambridge came at Fratton Park in April 2017 – just a few days after promotion had been claimed at Notts County.

Goals from Carl Baker and Kal Naismith ensured the party continued and kept the Blues’ title hopes alive.

Miguel Azeez could make his debut after sitting on the bench at MK Dons last week, but Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) remain sidelined.

Greg Taylor (ankle) is missing for the visitors, who could include Pompey academy graduate Adam May in their ranks.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Ryan Tunnicliffe or watch the video below.

Pompey: 14 wins
Cambridge: 1 win
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 wins
Cambridge: 0 wins
1 draw

Pompey fans can purchase tickets online here or by visiting the booth behind the Fratton End on the day of the game. Please note that ticket prices rise if bought on a matchday.

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Graham Kane and Damith Bandara
Fourth Official: Stephen Brown

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 Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 5/8 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/2.

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

All games kick-off at 3pm

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Crewe v Burton
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Gillingham v MK Dons
Lincoln v Ipswich
Sheffield Wednesday v Shrewsbury
Wycombe v Charlton


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