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Match Preview: Pompey v Forest Green

All you need to know about League One contest

31 March 2023

Pompey v Forest Green Rovers
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Forest Green

All you need to know about League One contest

31 March 2023

Pompey will look to keep their play-off hopes alive when they welcome Forest Green to Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Their opponents are desperate for points for an altogether different reason, as they are currently rooted to the foot of the League One table.

A 17-match winless run finally came to an end last weekend, courtesy of a shock success over high-flying Sheffield Wednesday.

Jordon Garrick struck the only goal in the first half of a televised contest at The New Lawn, with keeper Ross Doohan denying Lee Greogry and Marvin Johnson.

But despite recording a first victory since Duncan Ferguson was appointed head coach in January, survival looks an unlikely prospect.

Rovers remain 11 points adrift of safety – although their goal difference means it is effectively 12 – with eight games remaining.

The Gloucestershire outfit are competing at this level of English football after securing the fourth tier title last term.

And their 2017 rise from the National League saw Nailsworth – with a population of under 6,000 – become the smallest settlement ever to have host an EFL club.

Pompey came out on top in the first competitive meeting between the sides back in October, courtesy of a Sean Raggett header.

TEAM NEWS
Ronan Curtis (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin) are all injured, while Joe Pigott serves the final game of a three-match ban.

Marlon Pack could feature after returning to training following a knee problem, while Joe Morrell and Dane Scarlett are back from international duty.

Corey O’Keeffe is still banned for the visitors after recently collecting his 10th booking of the season, while Dylan McGeouch (calf) is a doubt.

Baily Cargill, Jahmari Clarke, Charlie McCann, Tyler Onyango and Ben Stevenson are also in the Forest Green treatment room.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Sean Raggett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 1 win
Forest Green: 0 wins
0 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 wins
Forest Green: 0 wins
0 draws

TICKETS
There are a limited number of seats still available to buy, so click here to secure your seat before they are all gone.

Click here to read our matchday guide and find out what is happening around the ground as the 125th anniversary celebrations get started on Saturday.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Paul Howard
Assistants: Marc Wilson and Johnathon Bickerdike
Fourth Official: Scott Williams

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 (not available online).

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Barnsley v Morecambe
Charlton v Shrewsbury
Cheltenham v Burton
Derby v Ipswich
Fleetwood v Exeter
Peterborough v Oxford
Port Vale v Cambridge
Sheffield Wednesday v Lincoln
Wycombe v MK Dons

LAST MEETING


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