Portsmouth v Barnsley preview

Saturday sees two of League One`s top six sides meet at Fratton Park in what surely is the game of the week in the division. Second placed Barnsley travel south to fourth placed Portsmouth in a game the Yorkshire side have struggled in over the decades.

The Tykes have only won twice at Fratton Park since 1980, winning in 1980 and 1999. However, Daniel Stendel`s side are on a great unbeaten run going back 13 games which has moved the reds up to second overtaking Pompey in the process.

Barnsley`s run goes back to 8th December 2018 and a narrow 1-0 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers.

Portsmouth have drawn their last four league games and the last league win came back on New Years Day at home to AFC Wimbledon in a 2-1 victory. However, Pompey are strong at home and the game will be a sell out. Portsmouth tickets have sold out with over 2,000 reds expected on Saturday.

These sides played out a 1-1 draw in December, a game in which Barnsley dominated and should have taken all three points.

Pompey manager, Kenny Jackett is aware how big Saturday`s game is “It’s a big game for us. We’re not producing the quality to go on and win matches at the moment, so that’s what we’ve got to add against a strong Barnsley side.”

Neither side appears to have any new injury concerns ahead of the clash with Barnsley`s Kieffer Moorre still being rested after a bad head injury in the last away game at Gillingham.

The top six race in League One is hotting up with only five points between Barnsley and Portsmouth.

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