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The Big Match Preview - Portsmouth

22 April 2016

All you need to know about the Sky Bet League 2 meeting at Fratton Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Portsmouth vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 23rd April 2016, k.o. 3pm
Fratton Park
Referee: Dean Whitestone

The St George's Day battle on the south coast could have a significant bearing on the promotion race in League 2 with both sides in contention for a play-off place - though it's Wanderers who need the points more significantly.

At 4.30pm last Saturday Portsmouth were strong contenders for automatic promotion but they contrived to concede two late goals to Plymouth to lose the game, and followed it up with a surprise defeat at strugglers York in midweek, leaving them eight points adrift of third, albeit with a game in hand against seventh-placed AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Now Paul Cook's men must make sure of a play-off finish at the very least but a Wycombe win at Fratton Park would close the gap between the two sides to just two points, and put the recent Premier League side at risk of dropping out of the top seven altogether.

To do that, the Chairboys need to break their recent run of draws and take a positive approach to a stadium where they've never lost, having produced an outstanding first-half performance in the reverse fixture before going on to draw 2-2.

Gareth Ainsworth will hope to have Joe Jacobson and Luke O'Nien back in contention after injury, while Matt Bloomfield's broken arm continues to be monitored.

Tickets

Wanderers have sold out of their advance allocation of 500 tickets in the Milton End behind one goal.

Tickets can be purchased (cash only) on arrival at Fratton Park at no extra cost, from the kiosk close to the away turnstile.

Prices:
Adults: £20
Concessions*: £15
Unaccompanied junior (U17): £10
Accompanied junior (U17) with paying adult/senior: £5

Concessions are classed as seniors aged 61+, young persons aged 17-22, and ambulant disabled.

Travel
Click here for Adrian Wood's guide for the trip to Portsmouth.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 20,700 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side) where the normal allocation is 2,000. 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.

Facilities around the ground
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 Milton Arms” and “The Newcome Arms”. 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.
 
Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and guest are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

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