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Match Preview: Cheltenham v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

5 January 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Cheltenham v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

5 January 2024

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It was not too long ago that Cheltenham appeared to be dead certs for the drop after starting the season in dreadful fashion.

But they head into Saturday’s meeting with Pompey at Whaddon Road (3pm kick-off) sitting just three points adrift of the safety mark.

The Robins failed to win any of their opening 12 League One matches – and equalled an unwanted EFL record by not scoring a single goal in the first 11 of those.

Wade Elliott departed as boss towards the end of that wretched run and replacement Darrell Clarke slowly started to turn around the club’s form.

They collected seven points over Christmas to leave fans hopeful heading into the new year, but were narrowly beaten at Northampton in the first fixture of 2024.

Clarke clearly wants to put his own stamp on the squad now that the transfer window has opened, with six out of seven loan players heading back to their parent clubs.

It finished goalless when the sides met at Fratton Park back in August – a bizarre contest that saw two officials go off injured and a Pompey fan having to run the line.

But the Blues came out on top in their most recent visit to Whaddon Road, with Colby Bishop’s brace securing a 2-0 win last term.

Pompey are still without Tino Anjorin (hamstring), Josh Dockerill (knee), Connor Ogilvie (ankle), Regan Poole (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin).

The game will come too soon for Tom Lowery following his recovery from a calf problem, while Kusini Yengi is away with Australia at the AFC Asian Cup.

Cheltenham do not currently have any injuries, although are without an assistant manager after Adam Murray left to take charge of non-league Eastbourne Borough.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Abu Kamara ahead of the game.

Pompey: 4 wins
Cheltenham: 1 win
7 draws

On the road
Pompey: 2 wins
Cheltenham: 1 win
3 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation for this fixture, so please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.

Supporters collecting tickets should visit the away booth located outside the entrance to the Hazlewoods Stand.

You can click here to read a guide to visiting Whaddon Road, while members of Cheltenham’s supporter services group will be in front of the main entrance at around 1pm if you have any queries.

A bar for away fans is located in the car park of Whaddon Bowls Club, which is located outside the entrance to the Hazlewoods Stand turnstiles. Fans are also welcome inside the Robins Nest bar after the game. Please note that no alcohol can be purchased in the Hazlewoods Stand.

Referee: Simon Mather
Assistants: Adam Ricketts and Richard Morris
Fourth Official: Simon Shaw

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 replays and 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 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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