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Match Preview: Cambridge v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

2 January 2022

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Cambridge United v Pomp

Pompey fans will have had to wait 23 days to see their side in action by the time the sides take to the pitch at Cambridge on Monday (3pm kick-off).

Since seeing off Morecambe on home soil a couple of weeks before Christmas, Danny Cowley’s troops have seen four matches postponed.

League One contests with AFC Wimbledon, Oxford and Plymouth – as well as a Papa John’s Trophy tie at Exeter – have all bitten the dust because of Covid.

But barring any late drama, the Blues will finally get the chance to shake off those festive cobwebs at the Abbey Stadium.

With plenty of other clubs also having fixtures cancelled, they have only dropped one place to ninth in the standings.

The points gap between Pompey and the final play-off spot, however, has increased from one point to seven.

Their next opponents, meanwhile, are down in 17th position and looking to climb away from the drop zone.

Cambridge – who claimed the runners-up spot in League Two last term – have seen their last couple of contests called off due to a Covid outbreak of their own.

But Mark Bonner’s men secured a 2-1 victory when the teams met at Fratton Park back in September.

Prior to that south coast clash, United had not celebrated victory against the Blues for an incredible 43 years.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new Covid cases, while Clark Robertson (hip), Louis Thompson (abdominal) and Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring) are all closing in on a return after spells on the sidelines.

Cambridge have confirmed that some of their players are still isolating, while Wes Hoolahan (hamstring) Lloyd Jones (groin), Liam O’Neil (calf), Greg Taylor (ankle) and Shilow Tracey (ankle) are all likely to miss out.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 14 wins
Cambridge: 2 wins
3 draws

At Abbey Stadium
Pompey: 6 wins
Cambridge: 1 win
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and none will be available to buy at the ground.

Travelling fans should have Covid certification as they may be asked to show this in order to enter the stadium. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Joshua Smith
Assistants: Michael George and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle

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 Tuesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 10/11 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 11/4.

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

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