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Match Preview – Oxford Utd vs Portsmth

Last Updated: 18/01/19 10:58am

Oxford will be hopeful of handing a debut to Ahmed Kashi in their Sky Bet League One meeting with leaders Portsmouth.

Karl Robinson’s side are without a league win since mid-December and have signed the Troyes midfielder on loan until the end of the season. Kashi previously worked with Robinson at Charlton and could come straight into the side for the visit of Pompey.

Jamie Mackie scored off the bench to secure a 2-2 draw at Fleetwood last time out and should be fit to start following a back injury while Shandon Baptiste, Rob Hall and Jon Obika are long-term absentees.

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Portsmouth head to the Kassam Stadium on the back of a rare defeat, losing 1-0 at home to Blackpool last time out. The visitors could also hand a debut to a new midfielder after signing Bryn Morris from Shrewsbury on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Kenny Jackett does still have some injury concerns with Nathan Thompson and Lee Brown struggling with hamstring problems and Ben Close (ankle) also sidelined. Oli Hawkins (calf) is also expected to miss out again as Portsmouth look to return to winning ways.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Fleetwood and Oxford United.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Fleetwood and Oxford United.

Opta stats

Oxford have lost just one of their last 16 home league games against Portsmouth (W10 D5), a 0-1 defeat in August 2014.

Portsmouth haven’t won three consecutive league games against Oxford since October 1973.

Oxford manager Karl Robinson has lost each of his last five matches against Kenny Jackett in all competitions, including both games as Oxford boss.

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has won five of his six matches against Oxford United in all competitions (L1).

Portsmouth have the best away record of any League One Club this season, collecting 30 points (W9 D3 L1).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Portsmouth and Blackpool.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One game between Portsmouth and Blackpool.

Prutton’s prediction

Oxford looked as though they were climbing the table and away from relegation danger until about a month ago, but a dreadful run over Christmas has seen them drop back into the bottom four in League One.

Portsmouth still have a little bit of daylight at the top of the table despite their shock defeat to Blackpool last week, but they will be desperate to get back to winning ways. Pompey are generally brilliant on the road, though, and they should win this one.

David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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