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MATCH PREVIEW: PORTSMOUTH (A)

9 February 2021

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The Reds face a tough trip down South as they take on fifth place Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Harry Chapman’s long-range strike for Shrewsbury Town last week was enough to confound Town to a frustrating home defeat.

It will also be the first time Brett Pitman faces his former Club of whom he scored an impressive 37 League One goals in two-and-a-half seasons.

Portsmouth will also be the fifth promotion chasing side Swindon have faced in seven games, having taken four points from Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic and falling to defeats against Doncaster Rovers and Hull City.

While the gulf in points and league positions between the sides is ever present and evident, the Reds have had a tendency of recording excellent results against the top sides having also beaten Hull City earlier in the season.

This evening's match will also be the first domestic meeting between the two sides since January 2013, and only the fourth meeting since December 1999.

The omens are on Swindon’s side with the Reds victorious against Pompey in their last two meetings in the 2012-2013 season.

Town overcame Portsmouth 2-1 at Fratton Park and went on to convincingly beat the Blues 5-0 at the County Ground, where James Collins bagged four second-half goals to take the game beyond Pompey.

The opposition:

Kenny Jacket’s side are currently nestled within the play off places and are still looking to force themselves into the automatic promotion places.

They are currently adrift six points from the top of the table having previously been as high as second place in January.

However, having recently recording a six-match unbeaten run with impressive victories away to Hull City and Ipswich Town, Pompey have endured difficulty of late, only recording one victory in their last four games, including losing 4-0 at Fratton Park to Hull City.

They did enjoy a very exciting and dramatic match at home in their last fixture against Plymouth Argyle, in which two goals in two minutes courtesy of Ronan Curtis and James Bolton, helped Kenny Jackett’s side fight back from two goals down to draw 2-2.

Jackett’s side play a free flowing and expansive 4-4-2 formation and are currently the division’s top goal-scorers with 42 goals in 25 matches.

Ones to watch:

The dangermen to look out for is centre-forward John Marquis and right winger Marcus Harness who both top their sides goals and assists charts with Marquis recording eleven goals and four assists and Harness contributing with five goals and six assists.

When Pompey are playing, there tends to be goals so expect a dramatic match at Fratton Park.

Team news:

Captain Dion Conroy returns to the squad following his one-match ban for a red card against Wigan. Centre back Conor Masterson is awaiting a scan on his Hamstring and will not feature. 

How to watch:

Our away match at Fratton Park is available to stream via iFollow STFC, where supporters are able to purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10.


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