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Match Preview: Pompey v Wycombe

All you need to know about League One test

18 March 2022

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Pompey v Wycombe Wanderers

Pompey saw their eight-match unbeaten run come to an end with a narrow defeat at Plymouth earlier in the week.

So they will be keen to get their play-off quest back on track when Wycombe visit the south coast on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Chairboys are also battling it out for a place in the end of season lottery, currently sitting a single point behind sixth-placed Sunderland.

Jason McCarthy’s strike deep into stoppage-time earned them a valuable victory against Fleetwood on home soil on Tuesday night.

It means that Gareth Ainsworth’s men have not lost any of their past four fixtures – a sequence that includes three successes and a draw with summit sitters Rotherham.

They are searching for an instant return to the Championship after suffering relegation on the final day of last season.

A depleted Pompey side emerged 1-0 winners when the sides met at Adams Park back on November.

Marcus Harness bundled home the only goal in the second half after Alex Bass had kept out a Joe Jacobson penalty.

The most recent Fratton Park contest took place on Boxing Day on 2019, as Ben Close and Ronan Curtis found the target to provide some festive cheer for the Blues.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will welcome Marcus Harness back to the squad after the forward completed a three-match suspension.

But Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Shaun Williams (back) remain sidelined.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 6 wins
Wycombe: 4 wins
5 draws

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

TICKETS
All available tickets have sold out for Saturday’s game and no more will be made available.

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: Benjamin Speedie
Assistants: Damith Bandara and Greg Read
Fourth Official: Kevin Howick

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Ian Wilding 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 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.

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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

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

LAST FRATTON MEETING


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