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Portsmouth vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 22nd September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Craig Hicks
A trip to the league leaders and one of the country's most characteristic grounds lies in wait for the Chairboys this Saturday, with Gareth Ainsworth's men looking to build on recent performances by ending one of only seven unbeaten records still standing in the top four divisions.
Portsmouth are well and truly on the rise once again after their shock relegation to League 2 in 2013, winning the title on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign under Paul Cook and coming close to a play-off place last term under new manager Kenny Jackett.
Now they're looking to bypass the play-offs altogether in seeking a return to the Championship, and they've started the right way, dropping only four points with the joint best defensive record and the second best goalscoring return in their eight games so far.
Wycombe have turned a corner since successive league defeats to Doncaster and Bristol Rovers and will hope to have learned lessons from a narrow loss at Charlton a fortnight ago, as they set about springing a shock on the leaders at Fratton Park.
This game is ALL-TICKET for Chairboys fans, who must purchase before 3pm on Friday. None will be available on the day.
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park by 3pm on Friday, or from Fratton Park from 1.30pm on Saturday.
Darius Charles is in contention for a start after coming through Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy win over Fulham unscathed, with Anthony Stewart and Adam El-Abd sidelined through injury, along with striker Nathan Tyson. Gareth Ainsworth has an otherwise clean bill of health.
Portsmouth are expected to name star man Ronan Curtis in their side despite the Irishman coming off injured last weekend, while Jack Whatmough and Anton Walkes are fit again, though Andre Green is sidelined for a month.
Man in the Middle
Craig Hicks has shown 26 yellow and one red card in his eight matches in charge so far this season.
He officiated two Chairboys games last season; the 3-2 win at Port Vale and the 4-2 home loss to Morecambe.
Wycombe will be in white shirts, navy shorts and navy socks.
Essential Info (provided by Portsmouth)
Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side). Turnstiles open ninety minutes before the game. There are catering facilities at the Milton End but these can become pretty congested with the more visiting supporters present.
There is limited car parking in the Anson Road Car Park behind the North Stand for first come first served at £10.So obviously the earlier the arrival the better. 25 disabled spaces are offered again on a first come first served basis at £5. It is worth noting that for safety reasons the car park gate may remain closed for up to ten minutes after the final whistle. Postcode for car park is PO4 8SX. Put PO4 8RA into your Sat Nav to get to the main entrance of the stadium in Frogmore Road. Alternatively, free street parking is available within a 10-15 minute walk of the ground, but please be aware of any match day parking restrictions.
The nearest cash machine is at the top of Frogmore Road and to the left there is a small Tesco store across the road which has a cash point machine outside.
Unfortunately fans are not allowed to smoke outside the ground at half-time.
By Adrian Wood
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and the westbound M4. Exit motorway at J11 and take the A33 towards Basingstoke. Follow signs for the M3 into the Basingstoke Ring Road. Join the M3 signposted Southampton. Merge onto the M27. Go along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth town centre) and continue on to the A27. At the junction with the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and just continue straight along the A2030 and eventually you will see the ground in front of you, just slightly to your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 87 (approx. journey time 1 hours 35 mins)
Using the train?
The nearest local train station is Fratton, which is a ten-minute walk away. Portsmouth train station is at least a 25-minute walk away. Fratton is served by trains from London Waterloo and London Victoria. Waterloo offers the best service, fastest journey times being 1 hour 26 minutes. There are several trains per hour. From Fratton station, exit via the footbridge and turn left onto Goldsmith Avenue. Continue for about half a mile and Frogmore Road is on the left. Fratton Park is situated at the bottom of the road.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 20,620 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side) where the normal allocation is 1,400. Although this end now benefits from having cover, the facilities are pretty basic and the leg room tight, as this stand was a former terrace. There are also some supporting pillars along the front of the stand that may impede you view. Entrance to the stand is gained by inserting your ticket into a bar code reader.
Spare time on your hands?
The “Good Companion” PH can be found on the main A2030 about a five-minute walk away. This is a large pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and away support. Other hostelries coming recommended are “The Harvester” and “The Brewers Arms” but away fans are advised to avoid “The Newcombe Arms”. I have heard that “The Milton Arms” is under new management and now welcomes visiting supporters. A bit further away, on Fawcett Road close to Fratton Station, is “The Red, White and Blue” that also comes recommended. There are plenty of take-aways (of all varieties) along this road.
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