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Match Preview: Pompey v Burton

All you need to know about League One contest

8 February 2022

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Pompey v Burton Albion

Pompey took plenty of credit – if no points – from their trip to Oxford at the weekend.

Now the challenge is to register a first League One victory of 2022 when Burton visit Fratton Park this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side are one place higher in 12th spot, with a Blues win enough to leapfrog their opponents.

The Brewers have won their past two games on the road at Gillingham and Lincoln, although that does represent 50 per cent of their total away successes.

And they were beaten 2-0 on home soil by Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, with former Fratton loanee George Byers among the scorers.

Among their January arrivals was striker Gassan Ahadme, who was recalled from Pompey by Norwich so he could make a permanent switch to the Pirelli Stadium.

It was Albion who came out on top when the sides met in Staffordshire earlier in the season, with Reeco Hackett’s free-kick proving no more than a consolation.

They won by the same scoreline at Fratton Park last term and the Blues have yet to taste success in any of their five south coast clashes with Burton.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are waiting to learn the outcome of an appeal over Joe Morrell’s harsh red card at the Kassam Stadium.

Kieron Freeman (concussion) and Shaun Williams (back) have joined Jay Mingi (shoulder), Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) on the sidelines, while Mahlon Romeo (ankle) is a doubt.

The visitors are without Ryan Leak (face), while John Brayford, Sam Hughes and Dei Oshlilaja are all carrying knocks.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 3 wins
Burton: 3 wins
4 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 wins
Burton: 1 win
4 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure a seat for tonight's contest online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters coming to the ground this evening can also purchase tickets from the booth behind the Fratton End.

Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium, with contactless payments will be required in all food kiosks and hospitality areas, as well as for the purchase of tickets.

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 home fans from 5pm.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Darren Blunden and Damith Bandara
Fourth Official: Sunny Gill

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 Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 87/100 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 29/10.

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
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Accrington v Oxford
AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham
Cheltenham v Sunderland
Crewe v Plymouth
Doncaster v Ipswich
Fleetwood v MK Dons
Gillingham v Cambridge
Lincoln v Morecambe
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan
Wycombe v Shrewsbury
Bolton v Charlton (8pm)

CLASSIC CONTEST


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