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Preview: Portsmouth v Burton Albion

This evening sees Portsmouth take on Burton Albion at Fratton Park, in the English Football League 1 clash.

For Portsmouth it marks the return to league action after the international break, where they had to postpone their last match with Southend due to International Call ups and when they were due to play Bury. Last Saturday they played Norwich City U21 in a rearranged Leasing Cup match – as Bury have sadly been expelled from the league.

Kenny Jackett’s men will be raring to go having beaten Norwich U21 3-1 with no new injury worries, aside from Lee Brown (Achilles), Marcus Harness (thigh), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee), who were already ruled out.

Gareth Evans is also fit again, after missing the game against Norwich with a dead leg.

Burton however have doubts over Liam Boyce (hamstring) and Scott Fraser (dead leg) – who were both withdrawn on Saturday – and Jake Buxton (ribs).

Portsmouth currently sit 18th in League 1, with just 1 win in the last 5. Burton Albion, who under the guidance of Nigel Clough, are unbeaten in their last 6 games and lie 11th in the table

As Kenny Jackett explained, it will be a tight and tough game.

Burton will be a well organised and resilient outfit to break down, so it should be a good game, as the head to head count below shows:

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 2 wins
Burton: 1 win
3 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 wins
Burton: 0 wins
3 draws

 

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Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 0…

Portsmouth made heavy work of beating League 2 Crawley, at a sparce Fratton Park last night in the Leasing.com Trophy group match.

Just under 4,000 fans were at Fratton Park for the match.

Portsmouth, fielded a strong starting 11, which included a recall for summer signing James Bolton and a debut for home grown youngster, Luke Maloney. Alex Bass, enjoyed a rare start in goal, due to regular keeper, Craig MacGillivray’s Scotland call up.

Crawley for their part, fielded a strong side which has enjoyed a good start in League 2.

Portsmouth, enjoyed the majority of possession and created some good chances against a resolute and strong Crawley defending.

Crawley for their part, were happy to soak up the pressure, hitting Pompey on the counter attack and indeed it was they who had more chances to threaten the Portsmouth goal, with Alex Bass called upon to make a couple of good saves, which made nervy watching for the Fratton faithful.

Gareth Evans, who was a substitute for Portsmouth on the road in their previous match at Blackpool, was recalled to the side for this match and started on the left side of the midfield 4 Portsmouth started with, compared to their usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

In fact, it might have been this slight tweak to their formation, which made Pompey at times, slightly unsure with some of their passing and attack play in the final third.

Just before half-time, Evans was clattered hard from behind, as he jumped for a header and appeared to be knocked out, as he fell to the floor face down and apparently motionless, requiring several minutes of treatment, before rising to his feet to continue

Half Time: Portsmouth 0 Crawley Town 0

The second-half started with an immediate substitution for Portsmouth with Brett Pitman replacing Evans, as Portsmouth reverted to their more familiar and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation.

Almost immediately the tempo was upped with Portsmouth mounting attacks down the Crawley left flank, and Crawleys keeper was tested several times.

Crawley for their part were penned in their own half for the majority of the second-half, as Portsmouth, cut through the ranks time and again, but without creating any real chances.

That changed however, in the 80th minute when from a corner, Pitman lost his marker and found the back of the net with one of his trademark strikes.

Portsmouth 1 Crawley Town 0

Both teams carried on with the remaining minutes in much the same way, that the previous 30 minutes had gone and the attacks that Crawley did manage, came to nothing.

The final score was Portsmouth 1-0 Crawley Town.

Portsmouth V Crawley Town Leasing Cup Preview

This evening sees Portsmouth, take on League 2 Crawley Town, in the first game of their defence of the previously named Checkatrade trophy.

On paper, this looks a routine home win for Portsmouth, who though they have faltered in recent weeks, thanks to a stop start season, for one reason or another, seem to have steadied their ship slightly and altered their formation from last seasons 4-2-3-1 to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation

Solid, but careful summer recuritment has seen James Bolton arrive from Shrewsbury Town, Ryan Williams, previously a player at Fratton Park, return to the club, along with John Marquis, the hot shot striker better known for playing for Doncaster Rovers last season, who is also returning to the club

Also, added to the ranks is Ross McCrorie, on a season long loan from Rangers in Scotland and Sean Raggett, who is better know for playing for Lincoln City and rose to fame during their epic cup run, which included Raggett, scoring the goal, which  knocked Burnley out of the FA Cup a couple of seasons ago.

Fratton Park, while not expected to be full, will be rocking with the Fratton Faithful making their usual noise as the teams 12th man to roar them over the line.

Both teams know each other well, having played each other in the same competition last season and also in pre-season as well.

It is the third year in a row that the sides have met in this stage of the competition – and the Blues won both of the previous meetings.

A 3-1 victory in Hampshire in October 2017 was followed by last season’s 1-0 success in West Sussex, courtesy of Dion Donohue’s strike.

Portsmouth Team News

Both Oli Hawkins and Ryan Williams are unlikely to feature after recently returning to full training, while Marcus Harness (thigh), Bryn Morris (groin) and long term absentee Jack Whatmough (knee) are injured.

Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland), Craig MacGillivray (Scotland) and Ross McCrorie (Scotland U21) are away on international duty.

Defender, Joe McNerney (back) is currently sidelined for the visitors, who otherwise have a clean bill of health.

Crawley Town

Boast a good strong side and currently sit 8th in the League 2 table, so the game should be entertaining. They have lost just 2 of their opening 6 matches.

In the last 24 hours they have terminated the contract of striker, Dominic Poleon, so he can join Newport County and have signed Jamie Sendles White, who used to play for Swindon Town.

It promises to be a close game with Portsmouth expected to edge the game.

 

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

Ben Close Extends Portsmouth Stay

Portsmouth Fans will be excited to day with the news that their exciting home grown talent, Ben Close is extending his Portsmouth contract.

Close who only penned a new deal In April this year, is attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs, since he scored 8 goals in 20 matches from Midfield.

A product of the Portsmouth Youth Set up, he has loan spells with Poole and Eastleigh to gain match practice and experience and since becoming a regular, in the first team has attracted interest from bigger clubs.

However, he has now firmly committed his immediate future to Portsmouth FC.

There is no doubting that he can and will play at a higher level, but for the time being he feels that he can develop better at Fratton Park.