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Match Preview: Pompey v Charlton

All you need to know about League One contest

31 January 2022

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Pompey v Charlton Athletic

Much of the footballing focus around the country this evening will be on the final few hours of the January transfer window.

Teams will be scurrying to add players to their squad before business ceases for another few months.

And while Pompey are certainly not immune to all that, there is the small matter of a League One contest with Charlton (7.45pm kick-off) to deal with.

Both sides have plenty of work to do if they are to overhaul several other teams to force their way into the play-off reckoning.

Weekend results elsewhere have left the Blues 11th in the standings and with an 11-point gap to Oxford in sixth.

Danny Cowley’s troops do, however, have as many as three games in hand on the sides sitting above them.

Their next opponents are down in 15th spot and a further five points behind, following a slow start to the season that saw Nigel Adkins replaced in the dug-out by Johnnie Jackson.

The Addicks beat Fleetwood 2-0 on home soil in their last league outing, courtesy of goals from Mason Burstow and Albie Morgan.

But a penalty shoot-out defeat at Hartlepool six days ago meant they missed out on a spot in the Papa John’s Trophy semi-finals.

Charlton won 2-0 at Fratton Park last season and have won on each of their five most recent visits to Pompey’s home.

But the Blues were unfortunate to be held to a draw at The Valley earlier in the current campaign, having twice taken the lead through Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness.

TEAM NEWS
Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are both injured, while the game will likely come too soon for Ryan Tunnicliffe, who has returned to training following a hamstring problem.

Denver Hume and Ollie Webber are both likely to be in the matchday squad following their arrivals from Sunderland and Crystal Palace respectively.

Former Blues striker Jayden Stockley (hip) is out for the visitors, but Craig MacGillivray, Jason Pearce and Stephen Henderson could all be involved.

Charlton are also missing Jake Forster-Caskey (knee), although Nile John – who has signed on loan from Tottenham – could make his debut.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley, Reeco Hackett and George Hirst ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 46 wins
Charlton: 37 wins
28 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 27 wins
Charlton: 17 wins
11 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.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from 5pm.

Fans travelling to the game by train should note that South Western Railway have a new temporary timetable in place. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Neil Hair
Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua and Michael Chard
Fourth Official: Sam Allison

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters based in the UK can watch the match live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Those who are based overseas should check local listings to see if the game is being shown in their region. Click here to see a list of the EFL’s international broadcasters.

Please note that because the match has been selected for live television broadcast, it cannot be watched live on iFollow.

However, subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

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 BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Pompey are the 11/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Charlton can be backed at 23/10.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening’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 unless stated

Tuesday
AFC Wimbledon v Cheltenham
Doncaster v Rotherham
Gillingham v Crewe
Sheffield Wednesday v Morecambe
Wigan v Oxford
Bolton v Cambridge (8pm)

LAST MEETING


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