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Match Preview: Pompey v Fleetwood

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25 February 2022

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Pompey v Fleetwood Town

Pompey begin a trio of home games in the space of just eight days when they welcome Fleetwood to Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

And Danny Cowley’s side will be looking to build on their three-match winning run following victories over Burton, Doncaster and Shrewsbury.

Their opponents are sitting 19th in the League One standings and just two points above the relegation places.

But, like the Blues, they have played the joint fewest fixtures in the division – just 31 – and have games in hand on all their rivals to beat the drop.

Both of the Cod Army’s past two fixtures were postponed, with snow causing last Saturday’s scheduled home clash with Lincoln to be called off.

Storm damage to the Highbury Stadium roof then meant a midweek meeting with Sheffield Wednesday had to be rescheduled.

Stephen Crainey’s side are looking to an end a six-match winless run, which has seen defeats to Charlton and Cheltenham sandwich four successive stalemates.

Lee Brown netted in the second half to secure all three points for Pompey when they visited the Fylde coast on the opening day of the season.

But last term’s Fratton meeting – one of just two home games that fans were able to attend – finished goalless.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle) and Shaun Williams (back), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) remain sidelined.

But Joe Morrell is available for selection again after completing his three-match suspension for a harsh red card at Oxford.

Former Blues striker Ellis Harrison is likely to lead the line for Fleetwood, but Callum Johnson cannot play against his parent club.

Brad Halliday (knee) and Darnell Johnson (Achille) are both long-term injury absentees, although Joe Garner could return from a shoulder problem.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 7 wins
Fleetwood: 2 wins
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Fleetwood: 1 win
2 draws

TICKETS
Tickets have sold out for this match, with the final few seats snapped up on Saturday morning.

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 12pm, while young supporters can pay a visit to the Junior Fanzone, which is open behind the North Stand from 1pm.

Supporters in the North Stand can also enjoy a delicious Piglet’s beef burger with Monterey Jack cheese for only £6 (subject to availability).

OFFICIALS
Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Marc Wilson and Michael Begley
Fourth Official: Paul Yates

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.

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 BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Pompey are the 8/13 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 Saturday’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

Fans can also enter the free VBET quiz for the chance to win a signed shirt and other great prizes.

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

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

LAST MEETING


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