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Portsmouth vs. Swindon Town

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Swindon Town who are winless in 3 league matches, make the journey south this evening to take on financially stricken Portsmouth.

Vital Quotes:

"I will always thank the club and everyone at the club at the time for what happened in my early days at Portsmouth, and those times have played a massive part in the player I am now.

"So for that reason I am looking forward to going back there now although I want to come away with the three points."

Swindon Town winger Matt Ritchie who previously played for Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Team News:

Midfielder Connor Clifford won't play after his loan from Chelsea was not extended. Kevin Long who is on loan from Burnley has a back injury and won't feature. Lubor Michalik the former Leeds and Carlisle centre back could make his Portsmouth debut.

Player to watch: Luke Rodgers

After failing to get a visa to remain with MLS side New York Red Bulls due to previous criminal convictions, Rodgers joined Pompey on trial in pre-season. Rodgers has always been a handful against Swindon Town.

Swindon Town Team News:

Town are currently on a winless run of 4 after losing to Preston North End, Oxford United, Leyton Orient and drawing with Carlisle at the weekend. James Collins could be set for a re-call whilst Alan Navarro has returned from a knee injury.

Player to watch: Troy Archibald-Henville

Troy Archibald-Henville has been praised heavily by Paolo Di Canio, and was back on the bench against Carlisle. Archibald-Henville could start alongside Alan McCormack.

Match Facts & Stats

The last time the two sides played was back in 2000 with Pompey winning 4-1 with Lee Bradbury scoring a hat trick for Pompey whilst Adrian Whitbread rounded off the scoring for the home side.

Match Prediction:

Swindon haven't been the best away from home this season so we will say a 2-2 draw despite Portsmouth's problems.

Next Fixtures:

Town return to League One action and welcome AFC Bournemouth to the County Ground Saturday at 3pm.

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