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Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

26 April 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Lincoln v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

26 April 2024

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The final day of the League One campaign is set to be an exciting one, with the battle for promotion, play-off spots and survival all reaching a climax.

Pompey, however, can enjoy their trip to Lincoln (12.30pm kick-off) knowing that the title has already been wrapped up.

But it is a different story for their opponents, who are trying to maintain their position inside the top six.

Michael Skubala’s men know that a victory would likely be enough to secure an extension to their campaign into May.

Even a draw or a defeat could be sufficient, though, if two of Barnsley, Oxford and Blackpool drop points.

Having initially endured a tough start after replacing Mark Kennedy in November, Skubala has dragged the Imps up the table.

They were on a 16-match unbeaten run until losing to Wigan a fortnight ago, which included successive routs of Barnsley (5-1), Cambridge (6-0) and Bristol Rovers (5-0) last month.

And Lincoln bounced back from that Latics reverse to beat play-off rivals Oxford and struggling Cheltenham, ensuring they go into the final day in a positive position.

Goals from Paddy Lane and Regan Poole saw Pompey battle from behind to win 2-1 when the sides met on the south coast earlier in the season.

The Blues head to Sincil Bank having not lost on any of their past six visits, with City’s last home success coming all the way back in 1980.

Portsmouth Football Club would like to remind fans that it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch. Please remain in the stands at the final whistle, so that the players can come over to you and show their thanks for your superb backing during the course of a memorable season.

Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom McIntyre (ankle), Joe Morrell (knee), Regan Poole (knee), Anthony Scully (ankle) and Alex Robertson (hamstring) are all out.

But Terry Devlin could make a first appearance in almost three months after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Lincoln's Reeco Hackett joins Poole and Scully in not being able to feature against his former club after hurting his shoulder.

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

Pompey: 14 wins
Lincoln: 6 wins
7 draws

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

Referee: Sunny Singh Gill
Assistants: Johnathon Bickerdike and Bradley Hall
Fourth Official: Scott Jackson

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

Like Wigan last week, Lincoln will provide a guard of honour to welcome the newly crowned League One champions onto the pitch.

Both sides will lay a wreath in front of the Stacey West Stand to remember those who lost their lives – including two Lincoln fans – in the 1985 Valley Parade disaster.

A period of silence will then be held, which begins and ends on the referee’s whistle.

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.

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 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 Sunday.

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

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