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Match Preview: Crewe v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

8 March 2022

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Crewe Alexandra v Pompey

It was just 17 days ago when a throng of Pompey fans braved stormy conditions to make a wasted journey to Cheshire.

Despite the rain forecast to end soon and the Crewe groundsman insisting that the pitch would drain quickly, referee Martin Coy made the decision to postpone the League One contest.

So now everyone has had to traipse back up north to the Alexandra Stadium in the middle of the week to finally get the fixture played.

The Blues have done well since then, finding their shooting boots to stretch an unbeaten run to six matches.

Their opponents, however, remain rooted to the foot of the table and are eight points adrift of safety with 11 games remaining.

David Artell’s men have lost eight of their past nine matches and were beaten 3-1 on home soil by Wycombe at the weekend.

Strikes from John Marquis and Marcus Harness secured a 2-0 victory for Pompey when the sides met on the south coast back in August.

But it was goalless in the most recent meeting at Gresty Road, with the wasteful Marquis seeing a spot-kick saved.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Shaun Williams (back), while Michael Jacobs (knee) remains a doubt.

Ronan Curtis is available again after completing a two-match ban, but Marcus Harness starts a three-game suspension following his red card at the weekend.

Ben Knight (ankle), Scott Kashket (ankle), Mikael Mandron (knee) and Billy Sass-Davies (calf) are all sidelined for Crewe.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 8 wins
Crewe: 7 wins
6 draws

At Alexandra Stadium
Pompey: 2 wins
Crewe: 3 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can no longer buy tickets for this match and they will not be sold at the ground on the day of the game.

Anybody collecting tickets at Alexandra Stadium should visit the away ticket office.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
Assistants: Peter Gooch and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Darren Handley

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 BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Pompey are the 4/6 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/2.

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

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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

Ipswich v Lincoln
MK Dons v Cheltenham
Plymouth v AFC Wimbledon
Sunderland v Fleetwood
Bolton v Morecambe (8pm)

LAST MEETING


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