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Match Preview: Cambridge v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

24 October 2023

Cambridge United v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Cambridge v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

24 October 2023

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Pompey will look to stretch their winning run to eight matches when they visit Cambridge this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

But while confidence is currently soaring in the Fratton camp, it is a different story at the Abbey Stadium.

United have not emerged victorious any of their past seven League One matches – chuck in a couple of EFL Trophy defeats and the sequence extends to nine.

Since narrowly beating struggling Reading on home soil in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the start of September, just two points have been collected.

A fine early strike from Liam Sercombe meant that Mark Bonner’s men lost at previously winless Cheltenham on Saturday.

It leaves the side sitting in 18th position, albeit with a healthy seven point gap to the drop zone at this still early stage of the campaign.

Cambridge will want to avoid the drama of last season, when they overcame the odds to stay up by defeating Forest Green on the final day.

Pompey won both of the 2022/23 meetings between the sides, with a Colby Bishop header securing all three points at the Abbey Stadium in March.

Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom Lowery (knee), Marlon Pack (ankle) and Anthony Scully (knee) all remain sidelined.

But winger Gavin Whyte should be available again after sitting out of Saturday’s game because of illness.

Cambridge trio Gassan Ahadme, Adam May and Michael Morrison are all expected to feature against their former club.

But Brandon Haunstrup is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem, while Harrison Dunk (knee) and Elias Kachunga (hamstring) are also missing.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Jack Sparkes ahead of the game.

Pompey: 16 wins
Cambridge: 3 wins
4 draws

On the road
Pompey: 7 wins
Cambridge: 2 wins
3 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation for the game, so please do not travel if you do not already have a ticket.

Supporters who are attending the game can click here to read a guide to visiting the Abbey Stadium.

Referee: Declan Bourne
Assistants: Marc Wilson and Stuart Butler
Fourth Official: David Harrison

Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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We will have key updates throughout the game on Twitter and a detailed blog via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not available online).

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