Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game at Fratton Park...
The Shakers make the long trip to the south coast this weekend, raring to go after last week’s disappointing postponement.
With the game against AFC Wimbledon being called off, and a planned ‘bounce’ game in midweek also falling victim to the weather conditions, Carrington has been well utilised to get as much fitness into the team as possible. Chris Lucketti told us “After the Wimbledon game we brought the lads back to Carrington. We cleared enough of the pitch to get a good training session into them so we worked them hard here.”
Asked whether the lack of a game last week is likely to be a hindrance or not, the Shakers’ gaffer didn’t think so “It’s not a hindrance for us. We’re looking forward to the game – the lads are all raring to go and looking forward to it.”
Portsmouth are still enjoying their good form that saw them promoted as Champions from League Two last season, and currently sit 7th in League One. Four wins in their last five League games has seen Kenny Jackett’s side move to within one place of the play-off places, and Lucketti knows it won’t be an easy game at Fratton Park “Portsmouth are a good side, flying, in good form and with an expectant crowd. It’s a great place to go and play football. They’ve got some good players within the squad and we know we’ll have to be at our best to get 3 points”.
The Gaffer’s view
Watch the Gaffer’s pre-match interview here.
Click here to visit the official Portsmouth website.
Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.
We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.
There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.
Saturday’s referee is John Brooks.
Eddie has taken charge of 24 games this season – showing 73 yellow cards, whilst his red card has been shown on 4 occasions.
His last league game was on Tuesday 28th November when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One fixture between Charlton Athletic and Peterborough at the Valley. It was a 2-2 and 2 yellow cards were shown.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 32nd meeting between the 2 sides in all competitions. The Shakers have won 12 of the encounters, Portsmouth have won 11, leaving 8 draws.