We turn our attentions to Saturday with a full, in-depth preview of our Sky Bet League Two game at Fratton Park.
Sky Bet League Two
Portsmouth v Hartlepool United
Saturday 7th February 2015
Hopes were high at Fratton Park after Andy Awford engineered three wins from their opening four League Two outings of the campaign to push Pompey up towards the top of the table.
However, victories haven’t been as easy to come by since the opening month and a run of nine without a win since the end of November has seen them drop to 18th place prior to the weekend.
Home form has been particularly troublesome of late having lost three of the last four at Fratton Park and they will see Saturday’s game against bottom-of-the table Pools as a chance to put that right.
Confidence in the Pompey camp was boosted last week after Awford made six changes and altered formation in their hard-fought 0-0 draw at promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers.
Saturday 27th September 2014
Hartlepool United 0
Hartlepool United: Flinders, Duckworth, Bates, Harrison, Austin, Franks (Harewood 78), Walker, Miller, Compton (Holden 46), Brobbel, Wyke.
Subs not used: Woodman, Atkinson, Woods, Hawkins, Richards.
Portsmouth: Jones, Whatmough, Devera, Wynter, Robinson, Butler, Wallace, Dunne (Atangana 14), Hollands, Westcarr (Drennan 62), Agyemang (Barcham 79).
Subs not used: Poke, Webster, Shorey, Ertl.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be only the tenth time that the two teams have met each other in competitive action, with the first encounter coming back in August 1978.
Since then, Pompey have enjoyed the upper-hand in terms of results and have won four of the nine games, with another four ending all-square.
Goals have been at a premium in this fixture in recent times – three of the last four games between the two sides have ended goalless and the other was a 1-0 success for Portsmouth last April.
Pools’ only victory in the fixture came at Fratton Park in January 2013 when goals from Jack Baldwin, James Poole and Greg Rutherford ensured a 3-1 triumph on the South Coast.
Ronnie Moore has two new signings in contention to make debuts this weekend after Marvin Morgan joined on loan from Plymouth and David Mirfin was borrowed from Scunthorpe.
Graham Horwood will take charge of only his third-ever Pools game this weekend when he’s tasked with looking after our game at Fratton Park.
The most recent occasion when he took control of a Pools game was in October 2013 when we thumped Mansfield Town 4-1 at The One Call Stadium.
His last outing was when he was officiating Dagenham & Redbridge’s 3-1 success over Cheltenham Town last Saturday.
Pools fans can buy their tickets at Fratton Park on the day of the game by reporting to the Portsmouth Ticket Office on Frogmore Road prior to kick-off.
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Pools are rated a 7/2 shot for victory on Saturday, with Portsmouth installed as 4/5 favourites and the draw ranked at 5/2 with our partners Sky Bet.
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