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Match Preview: Pompey v Lincoln

All you need to know about League One contest

14 April 2022

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Pompey v Lincoln City

With the season’s finish line fast approaching, the games continue to come thick and fast for Pompey.

They travel to Morecambe on Easter Monday after first returning to Fratton Park for a Good Friday contest with Lincoln (3pm kick-off).

There are plenty of connections between the two teams, with Joe Morrell, Sean Raggett and Tyler Walker for the hosts, and Chris Maguire and John Marquis for the visitors, all having previously been employed by the other club.

Both managers also had spells in charge of their opponents, although will probably have contrasting feelings about their time at the helm.

Michael Appleton certainly underwent a turbulent experience after the Blues went into administration soon after he took charge.

The memories will be fonder for Danny and Nicky Cowley, who helped lead Lincoln into League One from the National League.

They were also in charge when the Imps became the first non-league club to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for more than a century, with Raggett getting the winner against top-flight Burnley in 2017.

The men from Sincil Bank currently sit 18th and are not completely safe from the drop, although do hold a healthy eight-point gap to the bottom four.

City were 1-0 winners on their trip to the south coast last season, but goals from Marcus Harness, George Hirst and Reeco Hackett saw the Blues ease to a 3-0 victory at Sincil Bank earlier in the current campaign.

TEAM NEWS
Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) all remain sidelined for Pompey.

Denver Hume (back) is closing in on being available again, while Marcus Harness (knee), Michael Jacobs (hamstring) and Louis Thompson (hip) are all doubts.

Lincoln have been hit by the news that Liam Bridcutt will miss the remainder of the campaign with a quad problem.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Hayden Carter ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Lincoln: 6 wins
5 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 6 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets online here or, subject to availability, from the booth behind the Fratton End on Saturday.

Season ticket holders in Blocks T-W of the South Lower have been contacted with their new seat details and been sent a new season card. Please contact the ticket office if you have not received this.

Covid certification is no longer required to attend, but Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

A matchday magazine will be available to purchase from sellers around the ground, online from the memorabilia store, in the club shop, the Victory Bar and selected kiosks.

The Victory Bar will be open for Pompey fans from midday on Saturday.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Paul Evans
Fourth Official: Johnathon Bickerdike

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live 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 as usual, 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 Saturday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 4/6 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 15/4.

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

We are committed to playing our part in ensuring our relationship with VBET is promoted in the right way to our supporters.

That is why VBET has partnered with BettorMind, to provide responsible gambling advice around key betting behaviours.

When it comes to betting, we advise all fans to make use of our dedicated responsible gambling site.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Friday
Accrington v Burton
Charlton v Morecambe
Cheltenham v Gillingham
Crewe v AFC Wimbledon
Doncaster v Bolton
Fleetwood v Oxford
Sunderland v Shrewsbury
Wycombe v Plymouth

Saturday
Rotherham v Ipswich (12.30pm)
Wigan v Cambridge (5.15pm)
MK Dons v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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