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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

17 February 2023

Lincoln City v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

17 February 2023

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There are, on paper at least, no tougher places to visit and come away with all three points in the whole division.

Pompey will look to become the first away team to win at Sincil Bank in the league this season when they face Lincoln on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Despite that daunting record – matched by no other third tier side – the hosts have only come out on top there three times themselves, with an incredible 11 fixtures finishing all square.

They did enjoy victory in the most recent game there, however, with a narrow success in a bad-tempered clash with Bristol Rovers that led to opposition manager Joey Barton turning the air blue.

The Imps then picked up a creditable 1-1 draw at Derby on Valentine’s Day, despite playing most of the second half with just 10 men.

It leaves Mark Kennedy’s men sitting 13th in the standings and three points behind Pompey, having played the same number of games.

The sides played out goalless stalemate at Fratton Park in a game of few clear-cut chances at the start of the season.

But the Blues have won on each of their past four visits to Lincoln, including last term when Marcus Harness, George Hirst and Reeco Hackett all netted in a 3-0 victory.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are sweating on the fitness of Di’Shon Bernard (hamstring) and Marlon Pack (knee) after the duo both failed late fitness tests ahead of the Burton game.

Matt Macey could feature having missed the last couple of matches through illness, while Ronan Curtis is available again following an ankle problem

But the Blues are still without Tom Lowery (hamstring), Jay Mingi (knee), Jayden Reid (knee), Clark Robertson (hip) and Zak Swanson (groin).

Lincoln are missing the suspended Lewis Montsma after the defender admitted a charge of violent conduct against Bristol Rovers.

Forward Ben House is also banned following his dismissal for two yellow cards at Derby earlier in the week.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Ryley Towler ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Lincoln: 6 wins
6 draws

On the road
Pompey: 6 wins
Lincoln: 3 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans will be able to purchase tickets from the away window next to the club shop at Lincoln on the day of the game.

All tickets bought in advance have been sent as etickets, which can be printed at home or scanned using your mobile device.

Click here for a guide to visiting Sincil Bank that has been produced by the home club.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Daniel Woodward and Marc Wilson
Fourth Official: Anthony Moore

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Michael Doyle 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).

BETTING
Pompey are the 29/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 13/8.

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

Accrington v Shrewsbury
Bristol Rovers v Burton
Cambridge v Oxford
Cheltenham v Barnsley
Derby v Charlton
Ipswich v Forest Green
Morecambe v Peterborough
Plymouth v Fleetwood
Port Vale v Exeter
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons
Wycombe v Bolton

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