Portsmouth v Exeter preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Portsmouth and Exeter City at Fratton Park.

Last Updated: 01/11/13 at 13:08   

David Connolly: Facing a late test

David Connolly: Facing a late test

David Connolly could return to the Portsmouth squad for the visit of Exeter.

The veteran striker, who has scored four goals this season, missed Pompey's last five matches with calf and Achilles problems but is due to train ahead of the clash.

Fellow forward Tom Craddock (knee) and full-back Marcos Painter (calf) are also close to returning but Saturday's match may come too soon.

Centre-half Sonny Bradley is available again after he missed last weekend's 1-1 draw at Torquay through suspension for collecting five yellow cards.

Exeter are sweating on the fitness of defender Pat Baldwin ahead of the trip to Portsmouth.

The 30-year-old defender has not trained all week due to a groin strain, which he aggravated in the 1-0 home defeat to Burton last Saturday and he will be assessed in the build-up.

The Grecians pulled off an eye-catching 3-2 Premier League Under-21 Cup win over Crystal Palace in midweek with the likes of Tom Nichols, Matt Grimes and Jimmy Keohane playing key roles and the trio will hope they have done enough to earn a start.

City, set to be cheered on by over 1200 away supporters, look likely to be without Danny Butterfield (calf) while Jamie Reid continues his recovery from an injury picked up on Northern Ireland Under-21 duty.

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League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  
Plymouth v AFC W'don  
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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