Pompey promotion rivals round-up

Kemar Roofe should return to the Oxford side for their game with Luton Picture: Joe Pepler
Kemar Roofe should return to the Oxford side for their game with Luton Picture: Joe Pepler

ALL EYES will be on Fratton Park for the battle-of-the-ports promotion showdown with Plymouth this weekend.

But there will be plenty of glances at mobile phones to assess the next round of fixtures as the bid to reach League One reaches top gear.

There’s little doubt the meeting with the Pilgrims is the big game of the day.

Elsewhere, Oxford United take on Luton Town at the Kassam Stadium as they bid to arrest their shaky home form.

The U’s have won just two of their past 10 games on their patch, losing six and drawing two of those fixtures.

Kemar Roofe is back in training ahead of the game after being laid low with a virus which kept him on the bench last weekend against Crawley.

Accrington Stanley are unbeaten in seven games since losing to Pompey last month.

They host a Morecambe side who are struggling for form and have lost four of their past five games – the latest a 5-2 home loss to Hartlepool.

Bristol Rovers welcome Yeovil to the Memorial Ground, with the Pirates losing just a single game in the last nine.

That saw Darrell Clarke named manager of the month for March, although his side have a draw and defeat in their past three matches.

Yeovil go into the game with boss Darren Way warning his players need to prove themselves to earn contracts, after inking a three-year deal at Huish Park.

In-form Exeter are on a nine-game unbeaten run as they welcome leaders Northampton to St James Park. The Cobblers will be without top-scorer Marc Richards, who is having surgery on an Achilles injury.

Wycombe have an injury crisis which manager Gareth Ainsworth fears could force him out of retirement as Barnet go to Adams Park.

The Chairboys could only name five subs against York – and then lost midfielder Matt Bloomfield to an arm injury.

AFC Wimbledon take on Crawley at home, with Leyton Orient entertaining rock-bottom Dagenham & Redbridge after Andy Hessenthaler took over from Kevin Nolan as interim boss.

– JORDAN CROSS