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Preview: Portsmouth (A)

19 February 2021

Blackpool travel to Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon, looking to complete a league double over Pompey for the first time since 1970.

The Seasiders secured all three points in the reverse fixture back in December, thanks to Keshi Anderson’s effort, and will be in optimistic form heading down to Hampshire this weekend, coming into the game on the back of Tuesday night’s victory over Rochdale.

Neil Critchley’s side are playing catch-up on league fixtures, having played just 25 matches so far in League One, with games coming thick and fast between now and the end of the season. The side lie in 14th place in the league table – eight points off the play-offs.

Portsmouth, meanwhile, will be without manager Kenny Jackett on Saturday, with the 59-year-old set to undergo arm surgery, and will therefore miss the match at Fratton Park.

Pompey come into Saturday’s game having suffered defeat in their last outing – a 3-1 loss at manager-less Bristol Rovers. Despite the odd defeat along the way, Portsmouth have been in and around the play-offs all season to date, and come into Saturday’s match in fourth position in the league table – four points within the play-off places and five off of first placed Lincoln City.

Team News:

Marvin Ekpiteta has been ruled out following the injury he picked up on Tuesday evening. Keshi Anderson and CJ Hamilton are still unavailable.

Alex Bass and Michael Jacobs are likely to miss out for the hosts.

Last Time We Met:

Keshi Anderson’s strike was the difference at Bloomfield Road in December in the 1-0 win.

Blackpool secured victory in the last visit to Fratton Park, thanks to another 1-0 victory courtesy of Chris Long’s strike in January 2019.

The Key Player: John Marquis

Now in the prime of his career, 28-year-old John Marquis has been the key component to Portsmouth’s forward line so far this season, scoring 14 goals in all competitions.

Marquis signed for Pompey in 2019 for an undisclosed fee from Doncaster Rover, where he won the Golden Boot for his efforts in helping Donny on their way to the League Two title that same year.

The striker was well-travelled before his permanent move to Doncaster in 2016, representing the likes of Staines Town, Torquay United and Gillingham on loan before a permanent move to the Keepmoat Stadium in 2016.

Neil Critchley:

“We had to play very well to win the game against Portsmouth at our place earlier in the season, and we were deserved winners on the night. Away from home, it is a different proposition and they lost in the week, so they’ll be looking to bounce back. It should be a really exciting game.”

Watch The Match Live:

The game at Fratton Park is available to watch live on iFollow.

Supporters can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off is 3pm.

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