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Match Preview: Pompey v Accrington

All you need to know about League One test

4 March 2022

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Pompey v Accrington Stanley

A week of frenzied Fratton football fare finally comes to an end when Accrington visit the south coast on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Following a thrilling draw with Fleetwood, Pompey enjoyed a fine victory under the lights against high-flying Oxford.

It has helped them close the gap on the final play-off spot to eight points, with the Blues still holding games in hand over many of the sides they are chasing.

Their next opponents are a couple of places further back in the League One standings and were not in midweek action.

Stanley’s last outing saw them twice battle from behind to see off promotion-chasing Wycombe on home soil.

And most of their wins have taken place at the Crown Ground, with only three league successes on the road.

Their most recent away fixtures for John Coleman's men – at Doncaster, Cambridge, Rotherham and Ipswich – have all ended in defeat.

It finished 2-2 when the sides met in Lancashire back on October, with Marcus Harness grabbing a late leveller after Ronan Curtis had earlier opened the scoring.

But the Blues will not have fond memories of the last Fratton contest, with a 1-0 defeat on the final day of last season costing them a spot in the play-offs.

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

Ronan Curtis is still suspended after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Fleetwood last Saturday.

Mitch Clark is also banned for the visitors, who are also without Joe Pritchard (hamstring) and have fitness concerns over Jay Rich-Baghuelou (ankle).

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 4 wins
Accrington: 4 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
Accrington: 2 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure tickets online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters can also purchase seats, subject to availability, from the booth behind the Fratton End on Saturday, although prices do rise if they are not purchased in advance.

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 will be 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 Pompey fans from midday on Saturday.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Carl Brook
Assistants: Kevin Morris and Stuart Butler
Fourth Official: Robert Dabbs

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

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
All games kick-off at 3pm

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

CLASSIC CONTEST


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