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Match Preview: Pompey v MK Dons

All you need to know about League One contest

14 January 2022

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Pompey v MK Dons

Fratton Park has not hosted a men’s match for more than a month due to a Covid outbreak and opposition FA Cup commitments.

So Pompey will make a welcome return to their home ground when they take on MK Dons on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Since goals from Marcus Harness and Connor Ogilvie saw off Morecambe in the middle of December, there has been just one league contest.

That goalless draw at Cambridge at the start of 2022 means the Blues are unbeaten in 10 third tier contests.

It leaves them sitting eighth in the standings and with at least one game in hand on the sides around them.

The visitors are in fifth spot with six more points and beat AFC Wimbledon at Stadium MK earlier in the week.

Liam Manning’s men were 1-0 victors when they faced Pompey earlier in the season, courtesy of Ethan Robson’s finish.

But the Dons have never previously triumphed at Fratton Park, with Tom Naylor and Ellis Harrison on target in a 2-1 success for the hosts last term.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury worries, with Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) the only absentees.

Since the last league contest, Gassan Ahadme, Ellis Harrison and Paul Downing have all departed the club.

MK Dons could hand a debut to goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, who has arrived on loan from Chelsea, but Aden Baldwin and David Kasumu are both injury doubts.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 wins
MK Dons: 3 wins
2 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
MK Dons: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here or from the Anson Road ticket office. Please note that there is limited availability in all areas of the ground, except for the Milton End.

Fans buying tickets on a matchday (subject to availability) can also visit the booth behind the Fratton End, but please note that prices increase if not purchased in advanced.

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.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from midday on Saturday.

Please note that engineering works mean there are no trains running to and from Portsmouth Harbour (replacement buses will be running) and some services terminate at Fratton. Click here for more details.

COVID CERTIFICATION
All supporters aged 18 or over will need to show Covid certification in order to enter the stadium. Click here for more details.

We also kindly ask that everyone attending the game adheres to the Supporter Code of Conduct.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Richard Morris and Conor Farrell
Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle

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 the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 19/10.

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

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
All games kick-off at 3pm

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

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