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Match Preview: Pompey v Wigan

All you need to know about League One contest

26 April 2022

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Pompey v Wigan Athletic

Pompey will be trying to play the role of party-poopers when they host high-flying Wigan this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

The visitors need just a single point to mathematically secure their place in the Championship for next season.

And they could even claim the title if they can better second-placed Rotherham’s result at Sunderland.

It would complete a remarkable turnaround for the Latics, who narrowly avoided relegation into the basement last season, having recovered from financial turmoil.

There are plenty of familiar faces in both camps, with academy graduate Jack Whatmough and former skipper Tom Naylor returning to the south coast.

They are managed by Leam Richardson, who was assistant to Paul Cook when the Blues dramatically claimed the 2016/17 League Two title, while ex-keeper Darryl Flahavan is on his coaching staff.

Michael Jacobs twice won promotion from this level with Wigan and fellow Pompey midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe had a couple of loan spells at the DW Stadium.

Richardson’s men won 1-0 when the sides met in the north-west earlier in the campaign and triumphed by the same scoreline on their most recent visit to Fratton Park.

TEAM NEWS
Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee) Denver Hume (back) and Jayden Reid (knee) are all still sidelined for Pompey.

But Connor Ogilvie could feature despite going off with a tight hamstring against Gillingham on Saturday.

Wigan are expected to be without Tom Bayliss (groin), James McClean (knee) and Curtis Tilt (hamstring), as well as Charlie Wyke, who continues his recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest in November.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Wigan: 7 wins
4 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 6 wins
Wigan: 3 wins
2 draws

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

Supporters can also purchase seats, subject to availability, from the booth behind the Fratton End this evening.

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 is 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 5pm this evening.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Michael Webb and Daniel Bonneywell
Fourth Official: Paul Howard

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 Ian Wilding 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 Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Wigan are the 5/4 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 21/10.

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

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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 7.45pm

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CLASSIC CONTEST


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