Pompey promotion rival round-up

Leyton Orient boss Kevin Nolan. Picture: Joe Pepler

Leyton Orient boss Kevin Nolan. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Reading under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. Picture by Joe Pepler

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TWO OF Pompey’s play-off rivals collide today as the race for promotion continues.

Leyton Orient make the long trip to Accrington Stanley with the outfits either side of Paul Cook’s team heading into the game.

Kevin Nolan’s side are a point below the Blues, who sit in sixth on 64 points, with Stanley four points ahead.

John Coleman has boosted his options by bringing in Preston striker Andy Little and Reading midfielder Tarique Fosu on loan ahead of the game.

The gap to the automatic promotion spots is five points for Pompey, with all games kicking off at 3pm.

Bristol Rovers are aiming to continue their flying form as they welcome Cambridge United to the Memorial Ground.

Darrell Clarke’s side have won five games on the bounce to knock Plymouth Argyle out of the automatic promotion places.

Cambridge remain in the play-off hunt but are now five points off the pace in 10th going into the game.

Plymouth face the long trek north to Morecambe as they aim to arrest their slide.

The Shrimpers have lost nine and drawn two of their past 12 games, however, going into the meeting.

Oxford United are six points clear of Plymouth as Stevenage go to the Kassam Stadium.

Michael Appleton’s side will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 loss at Barnet last weekend.

Leaders Northampton host Newport County at Sixfields.

The Cobblers have drawn three of their past five outings but are still unbeaten in 15 league fixtures since losing to Pompey in December.

Chris Wilder’s side are 11 points clear of Oxford and 17 points in front of fourth-placed Plymouth.

Wycombe take on Mansfield Town at Adams Park, as they sit two points outside of the play-offs.

Gareth Ainsworth has recruited Aston Villa’s promising striker Jerrell Sellars on loan going into the game.

AFC Wimbledon are in ninth place – three points off the top seven – as they travel north to take on Hartlepool at the Victoria Ground

– JORDAN CROSS

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