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Preview: Portsmouth (H)

21 September 2017

The Iron return to Glanford Park on Saturday as they face newly-promoted Portsmouth (kick-off 3.00pm).

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22 September 2017

Graham Alexander’s men will be hoping the victory against local rivals Doncaster Rovers on Sunday will kickstart another run of wins.

United currently sit in sixth position, taking up the final play-off place but are only away five from Shrewsbury at the top of the table.

TEAM NEWS…
As proven by his inclusion to the bench at the weekend, Levi Sutton is now fit enough to play after being substituted off against Blackburn Rovers with injury. The 21-year-old was left out of the starting line-up at Doncaster Rovers but after his impressive start to the season he has created competition for fellow right-back Jordan Clarke.

Jonathon Margetts and Luke Williams are still recovering from their knee and hamstring injuries respectively. 

Andrew Crofts is also not expected to feature in this weekend’s game as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury sustained in training.

Charlie Goode is also a doubt after taking a knock to his ankle in a behind-closed-doors friendly in midweek.

PAST MEETINGS…
The last time the two teams met was in League Two during the 2013-14 season. The Iron won 5-1 thanks to goals from strikers Sam Winnall and Paddy Madden, as well as a hat-trick from midfielder Dave Syers.

The Iron did the double over Pompey that season as in their earlier meeting United won 2-1 away from home. It was Dave Syers that did the honours again, as he grabbed both goals.

ONE TO WATCH…
Brett Pitman left Ipswich Town for Fratton Park this summer and has set his sights on promotion. It wouldn’t be his first either as he has gained promotion twice with AFC Bournemouth during his career.

His goal tally to date is impressive and so far this season he has already scored six goals in eight games.

He is currently third in the league’s top scorers chart and will be hoping to climb even further with a strike against the Iron on Saturday.

ELSEWHERE IN LEAGUE ONE…
Friday:
AFC Wimbledon vs Milton Keynes Dons (7:45pm)
Saturday:
Bristol Rovers vs Blackpool (3:00pm)
Charlton Athletic vs Bury (3:00pm)
Fleetwood Town vs Southend United (3:00pm)
Northampton Town vs Bradford City (3:00pm)
Oxford United vs Walsall (3:00pm)
Peterborough United vs Wigan Athletic (3:00pm)
Plymouth Argyle vs Doncaster Rovers (3:00pm)
Rochdale vs Gillingham (3:00pm)
Rotherham United vs Oldham Athletic (3:00pm)
Shrewsbury Town vs Blackburn Rovers (3:00pm)


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