Portsmouth v Scunthorpe preview
Last Updated: 12/01/18 2:10pm
Portsmouth are likely to be without Ben Close and Nathan Thompson for Saturday's League One game at home to Scunthorpe.
Thompson has an ankle problem while Close is wrestling with a thigh strain and both players are doubts for the match this weekend. Gareth Evans, Brandon Haunstrup and Jack Whatmough will all miss out with knee injuries. Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Stuart O'Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg) are also sidelined.
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Scunthorpe's new signings Ivan Toney, Ryan Yates and Cameron McGeehan are all poised to make their debuts. Striker Toney (Newcastle), plus midfielders Yates (Nottingham Forest) and McGeehan (Barnsley) have all joined on loan until the end of the season.
Skipper Rory McArdle could return to contention after missing the last five matches due to a groin injury. Midfielder Sam Mantom (groin) is three weeks away from a return to action, while Jonathan Margetts (knee) and Jordan Clarke remain long-term absentees.
Portsmouth have lost four consecutive Football League matches against Scunthorpe, scoring just three goals and conceding 11 - prior to this run Pompey had lost just one of the previous seven (W3 D3).
Scunthorpe won their last league trip to Fratton Park back in November 2013 (2-1) having lost each of their previous three - on only one occasion have Scunthorpe won back-to-back away Football League matches against Portsmouth (February 1964).
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Pompey have won five consecutive home league games for the first time since August 2003. They last won six league games in a row at home in September 2002.
Scunthorpe have lost just one of their last 13 league games (W9 D3).
The Iron have scored three or more goals on the road four times in League One this season - they only did so twice last season.