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Fratton Park (ATT 12,601) 23rd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Gibbs

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Coventry City Coventry

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Last Updated: 22/03/13 12:06pm

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Carl Baker: Will miss the clash

Carl Baker: Will miss the clash

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

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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1 Bristol City 13 31
2 Peterborough United 13 26
3 Swindon Town 11 22
4 Preston North End 11 22
5 Milton Keynes Dons 11 20
6 Notts County 12 20
7 Sheffield United 12 20
8 Chesterfield 12 19
9 Fleetwood Town 13 19
10 Oldham Athletic 13 19
11 Bradford City 13 18
12 Rochdale 12 17
13 Barnsley 12 15
14 Doncaster Rovers 11 14
15 Crawley Town 13 14
16 Colchester United 13 13
17 Coventry City 13 13
18 Gillingham 13 13
19 Yeovil Town 13 13
20 Leyton Orient 12 12
21 Walsall 13 12
22 Port Vale 13 12
23 Scunthorpe United 13 11
24 Crewe Alexandra 13 10