Portsmouth v Coventry preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Portsmouth and Coventry at Fratton Park.

Last Updated: 22/03/13 at 12:06   

Carl Baker: Will miss the clash

Carl Baker: Will miss the clash

Portsmouth will be unchanged for the clash.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has named the same starting XI for the past five matches and seen his side collect two wins and two draws while falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat to in-form Leyton Orient.

It means defender Sam Sodje will have to be content with a place on the bench again following his recent return from suspension.

Striker John Akinde returned as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at leaders Doncaster last weekend following a sickness bug and should be on the bench once more.

Experienced duo David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang, who have scored five goals between them in the last five matches, will start in attack again.

Coventry will be without captain Carl Baker for their trip to the South Coast.

The midfielder, who has an impressive 14 goals to his name this season, has flown to Germany to undergo surgery on a hernia which a has been troubling him for some time but hopes to miss just the single game.

The Sky Blues are already without leading scorer Leon Clarke, shortlisted for the League One Player of the Season award, after he underwent an ankle operation which has ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.

However, manager Steven Pressley insists the 21-goal striker is recovering well and is on target to return for pre-season training in the summer.

Defender Richard Wood was back in training on Thursday following his groin injury but will not be match fit for around another seven to 10 days, while Blair Adams and Stephen Elliott (both knee) are each making great progress and stand a chance of playing again before the season is out.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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