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Match Preview: Derby v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

28 April 2023

Derby County v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Derby v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

28 April 2023

Pompey are on the road for the final time this season when they visit Derby on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

With John Mousinho’s men now unable to reach the top six, pride is all that is at stake for the Blues, who will be backed by more than 3,000 supporters at Pride Park.

It is a much more crucial contest for the hosts, who currently occupy the final League One play-off spot.

The Rams are below fifth-placed Bolton on goal difference, with the pair both trying to hold off Peterborough, who sit two points further back in seventh.

Paul Warne’s side go into the contest on a five-match unbeaten run, which includes narrow wins in their two most recent fixtures against Exeter and Burton.

And they will be particularly keen for a win in their final home match, as the final day sees them visit a Sheffield Wednesday outfit who could still be in the hunt for automatic promotion.

Derby are looking to make an immediate return to the Championship after suffering relegation under Wayne Rooney’s leadership last term.

That came amidst financial turmoil, with the club only going down because they were deducted a total of 21 points for entering administration and breaching accounting rules.

It finished goalless when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, while Pompey were beaten 3-1 on their last visit to Pride Park for a second tier contest in October 2011.

Ronan Curtis (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) are both missing, while Zak Swanson (groin) is unlikely to feature in the final two games after returning to training following a groin problem.

Denver Hume (knee) is also a doubt, but Joe Morrell is available again after completing a four-match ban.

James Chester (calf) and Tony Springett (ankle) are both missing for Derby, whose matchday squad will likely include former Pompey players Luke McGee, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Harvey White.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Joe Morrell ahead of the game.

Pompey: 35 wins
Derby: 42 wins
21 draws

On the road
Pompey: 10 wins
Derby: 29 wins
7 draws

Pompey fans will not be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game, so please do not travel without one.

Click here to read a guide to visiting Pride Park that has been produced by the home club.

Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Robert Atkin and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss

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 (not available online).

All games kick-off at 3pm

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Forest Green v Oxford
Ipswich v Exeter
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Morecambe v Lincoln
Peterborough v Bristol Rovers
Plymouth v Burton
Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday
Wycombe v Cheltenham


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