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Portsmouth v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to the final game of the season

4 May 2018

Posh conclude their Sky Bet League One campaign at Fratton Park on Saturday evening

Peterborough United conclude their Sky Bet League One campaign at Fratton Park against Portsmouth on Saturday evening (5.30pm) knowing that a victory would see the club finish in eighth place in the division.

Both sides will be disappointed that there is nothing riding on the contest in terms of the play-offs, but with a big crowd expected, Kenny Jackett and Steve Evans will be keen to finish with a flourish. Posh go into the game on the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fleetwood Town where Jack Marriott took his season tally to 33.

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Tafazolli, Junior Morias and Alex Penny will not be involved due to injury but goalkeeper Conor O’Malley is expected to travel after a muscular problem. Marcus Maddison came through the win against Fleetwood without any problem after a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Alex Bass has been ruled out for Portsmouth, who could make changes to their side for the final game of the campaign. Former Posh players Luke McGee and Christian Burgess could be involved while Brett Pitman will be desperate to add to his goal tally.

FROM THE MANAGER

“Portsmouth are the biggest club in the division for me. I have not taken a side to Fratton Park before and I am looking forward to it. It will be a big crowd, a big atmosphere and a real test for my players. I want to win the game and finish as high as we possibly can and I want to get the three points for the 550+ Posh fans making the trip,” Steve Evans said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“There is a chance to change things but my main priority is being as strong as we can and trying to play well. With making big changes and putting in lots of young players, sometimes they need two or three games to settle in – and my focus is to do well in this particular match. There are players who have looked a little bit out on their feet and lacking energy, maybe they do need a rest this weekend But it’s about the balance of the two and picking a side we feel can win tomorrow,” Kenny Jackett said.

TICKET NEWS

Posh have sold just over 550 tickets for the game and no tickets will be sold on the day of the game. The football club would like to thank supporters for their wonderful backing.

GOLDEN BOOT

Jack Marriott is in pole position to win the Sky Bet League One Golden Boot and if he does, he will be presented with it following the game. His closest challenger is Pompey striker Brett Pitman.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is John Busby.

MINUTE’S APPLAUSE

There will be a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off to celebrate the lives of all of the Portsmouth fans who have lost their lives during this season.

 


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