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Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One contest

5 April 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Shrewsbury

All you need to know about League One contest

5 April 2024

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Pompey can take another step closer to securing League One promotion when they host Shrewsbury on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

With Derby not in action again until Wednesday, John Mousinho’s men know that victory would increase their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

Their next opponents will be keen to spoil the party, however, and still have plenty to play for themselves.

The Shrews sit 17th in the standings and are seven points clear of the drop zone with five games left to play.

Paul Hurst is the men tasked with preserving their third tier status for a 10th successive campaign, having almost led them into the Championship during a previous spell in charge.

He returned to the club back in January following the dismissal of former Pompey promotion hero Matt Taylor.

The Shropshire side have struggled for consistency, but do head to the south coast on a three-match unbeaten run, with victory over Carlisle followed by draws with Oxford and Bristol Rovers over Easter.

Pompey eased to a 3-0 victory when the sides met before Christmas, courtesy of Abu Kamara’s brace and a Marlon Pack finish.

Last season’s Fratton contest ended all square, as Zak Swanson quickly cancelled out Elliott Bennett’s opener.

Callum Lang (ankle) and Tom Lowery (hamstring) are closing in on a return, but Saturday’s game comes too soon for the pair.

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

George Nurse (knee) and Aaron Pierre (groin) are both missing for the visitors, while Jack Price is a doubt with muscle soreness.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Tino Anjorin ahead of the game.

Pompey: 18 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Shrewsbury: 2 wins
3 draws

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Alan Clayton and Andy Bennett
Fourth Official: Daniel Flynn

Seats have sold out, but the ticket exchange remains open until 10am on Saturday, so keep checking to see if any seats become available.

If you are coming to the game, click here to find out what is happening around the ground ahead of kick-off.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Tom Murray 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 four-camera coverage, replays and accompanying commentary.

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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 Sunday.

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

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