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Match Preview: Oxford v Pompey

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4 February 2022

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Oxford United v Pompey

Oxford are the final team that Pompey will face this season, with Danny Cowley taking his troops to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The sides were supposed to face off on the south coast on Boxing Day, but the match was postponed because of a Covid outbreak.

At that point the Blues were just three points outside the play-off spots, only for that unwanted pause to interrupt momentum.

Now they go in search of a first League One victory of 2022, having dropped down to 12th in the standings.

Their next opponents, meanwhile, are sitting in sixth position following a 1-1 midweek draw at high-flying Wigan.

Immediately before that they had enjoyed a remarkable 7-2 victory at Gillingham, with Cameron Brannagan netting four penalties.

Karl Robinson’s men are looking to make it third time lucky after falling in the play-offs in each of the past two seasons.

Pompey won 1-0 on their last trip to the Kassam Stadium 12 months ago, courtesy of a fine header from Harvey White.

TEAM NEWS
Shaun Williams is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured vertebrae, while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are still injured.

Deadline day signing Aiden O’Brien could make his debut, while Ryan Tunnicliffe is nearing a return to action following a hamstring problem.

Alex Gorrin (knee) and James Henry (calf) are missing for the hosts, who have just added free agent Sam Baldock to their ranks.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Denver Hume ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 wins
Oxford: 23 wins
21 draws

On the road
Pompey: 9 wins
Oxford: 19 wins
9 draws

OFFICIALS
Referee: Samuel Barrott
Assistants: Joseph Stokes and Paul Kelly
Fourth Official: Carl Brook

MATCH COVERAGE
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 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch all the action live, with accompanying commentary.

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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.

BETTING
Oxford are the 21/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 9/4.

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

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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Burton v Sheffield Wednesday
Charlton v AFC Wimbledon
Ipswich v Gillingham
MK Dons v Lincoln
Morecambe v Bolton
Rotherham v Accrington
Shrewsbury v Fleetwood
Sunderland v Doncaster

LAST MEETING


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