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Preview: Portsmouth (A)

12 January 2018

After no fixture last weekend, the Iron return to league action when they make the journey to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

On New Year’s Day, United recorded a 1-0 victory over Bury at Glanford Park, with Charlie Goode’s late strike collecting all three points. It extended their league form to just one defeat in 13 games.

Since that win, manager Graham Alexander has added three new additions to the side, with midfielders Cameron McGeehan and Ryan Yates joining striker Ivan Toney on loan, who returns for a second spell at the club.

Portsmouth have also been in good league form, which has seen them rise to sixth position, winning seven games from their last ten games. However, they were beaten 2-1 by Bristol Rovers in their last league outing.

Captain Rory McArdle has trained all week and will be in contention to play after recovering from a groin injury.

Andrew Crofts has also returned to training following an ankle injury, but the game may come too soon for the midfielder.

Luke Williams continues to train and is now in his third full week following a hamstring lay-off, but is still unlikely to be involved as he tries to get back to full fitness.

Long-term absentees Jordan Clarke (hamstring) and Jonathon Margetts (knee) are still a while a way from returning, despite making good progress, while Sam Mantom (groin) is just a couple of weeks away.

Brett Pitman, 29, is Portsmouth’s leading goalscorer this season, with 13 goals in 21 league appearances.

The striker arrived on the south coast in the summer after joining from Championship side Ipswich Town.

He has also played for AFC Bournemouth in three separate spells and Bristol City.

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