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Preview: Portsmouth

All you need to know ahead of tonight's match at Fratton Park...

25 February 2020

MK Dons travel to Fratton Park tonight, looking to extend their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to six matches.

Russell Martin’s men have moved 13 points clear of the bottom three following a stretch of three wins from five, including last Saturday’s 1-0 success over Bolton Wanderers.

All three of those victories, however, have come at Stadium MK, with the Dons still winless away from home since the 3-0 triumph over Blackpool back in September.

There have been signs of that baron run coming to an end – the Dons were impressive at Shrewsbury Town and Lincoln City, and should have won at Burton Albion last month – and the side have two opportunities to finally get over the line this week, starting tonight.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

THE OPPOSITION
Portsmouth sit two places above MK Dons in the current form table, having taken 12 points from their last six games.

Pompey sit just below the Sky Bet League One play-off places entering tonight’s encounter and will move into the top six with a win at Fratton Park – a place where Kenny Jackett’s side are unbeaten this term.

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Their home form has been nothing short of excellent in 2019/20, with 10 wins and five draws to their name, and 28 goals and only 12 conceded.

Ronan Curtis has scored the majority of those – he has 11 to his name in total this season. Striker John Marquis is just behind him on seven goals while Ellis Harrison and Gareth Evans are also goal-threats.

LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons secured their third straight home win courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Stadium MK.

Russell Martin’s men were dominant throughout the contest last weekend but were being held to a goalless stalemate by the battling Trotters.

They would, though, break the deadlock with 68 minutes played - Rhys Healey the man to seal the points. The striker raced onto a through ball from Alex Gilbey before lifting a shot over the Bolton goalkeeper for his 11th goal of the campaign.

Portsmouth were edged out 1-0 by promotion rivals Fleetwood Town at their Highbury Stadium on Saturday.

Fleetwood struck in the 12th minute when Danny Andrew drilled in a deflected cross to Callum Connolly, who headed home from close range.

Pompey almost evened it up through Ronan Curtis but his free-kick struck the crossbar while Sean Raggett had a header cleared off the line by Lewie Coyle with their final chance.

FIGHTING TALK
Luke Williams: “Our form has given us the luxury of being able to go into these tough away fixtures without it being as crucial as it could have been. We still need to put in good performances at both of these games.

“We know it will be tough but we're going there expecting good performances and we're going there to win. If we can go away from home, grapple the game and make it more like a home game we can pick up more points on the road.”

Kenny Jackett: “They’re a good team and we had quite a lot of the game earlier in the season, but just didn’t get the details right.

“We’ll need to do that and make sure our approach is correct because there are a lot of close matches in this division and the top sides find a way to win them. There will certainly be respect for the opposition, but it's more important to make sure we get our team right.”

TEAM NEWS
Joe Mason remains MK Dons’ only doubt for tonight’s game, after assistant manager Luke Williams revealed no fresh injury concerns following the weekend’s win.

Striker Mason hasn’t featured since the Stadium MK clash with Sunderland last month but is nearing a return to action, and could be involved this evening in Hampshire.

Portsmouth midfielder Andy Cannon could return to action tonight after recovering from a glute problem, while striker Ellis Harrison could also play despite pulling out of the warm-up at Fleetwood Town last weekend.

Lee Brown missed the Fleetwood game with a sickness bug, but the left back has recovered and is available to play this evening.

OFFICIALS
Kevin Johnson will referee tonight’s clash at Fratton Park.

Johnson last ran the rule over the Dons in April, when he oversaw the Sky Bet League Two meeting with Lincoln City at Stadium MK. He handed out seven yellow cards that day and awarded the Imps a penalty.

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This season, he has booked 89 players in 27 outings, while producing his red card on seven occasions. He has also awarded five penalties.

His assistant referees are John Flynn and Paul Kelly while the fourth official is Adrian Tranter.

HEAD TO HEAD
Dons wins: 1
Dons wins at Fratton Park: 0
Last Dons win: 3-1, 30 Dec 2019 (Fratton Park)
Biggest Dons win: 3-1, 30 Dec 2019 (Fratton Park)

Draws: 2
Draws at Fratton Park: 1
Last draw: 1-1, 26 Feb 2013 (Fratton Park)

Portsmouth wins: 2
Portsmouth wins at Fratton Park: 1
Last Portsmouth win: 1-2, 10 Feb 2018 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Portsmouth win: 2-0, 14 Oct 2017 (Fratton Park)

SKY BET ODDS
Dons win: 9/2
Draw: 5/14
Portsmouth win: 4/7

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

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Supporters have until midday to purchase their tickets for tonight's Sky Bet League One clash with Portsmouth, with no tickets to be sold this evening at Fratton Park.

Tickets, which must be bought before midday from MK Dons, are priced at £24 adults, £18 seniors, £16 young adults and £7 juniors.

Official Away travel is still available for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £19 Season Ticket holders/members and £20 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 3pm.

To book tickets/travel click HERE or visit the Box Office at Stadium MK. Tickets will be available from the Club until midday. No tickets will be sold tonight at Fratton Park.

Can't make today's match? The will be streamed live on MK Dons’ video service from 7.45pm, with a Video Match Pass priced at £10 - click HERE to purchase your Video Match Pass!

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 6pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Russell Martin and a player. Highlights will be available three hours after full-time.


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