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Match Preview: Pompey v Plymouth

All you need to know about League One clash

31 August 2018

Pompey v Plymouth

Pompey and Plymouth have been engaged in some pivotal meetings in recent seasons.

It was Argyle who came out on top when they clashed in the play-offs in 2016, while the Blues edged the race for the League Two title the following year.

And both clubs ultimately came up just short in the battle to stake a place in the third tier’s top six last term.

The Pilgrims do not currently look like a side who will challenge for promotion, but showed last campaign that you write them off at your peril.

Derek Adams’ men were rock bottom following a 1-0 defeat at Fratton Park in late November, only to then go on an incredible run that saw just one loss from 17 games.

They have yet to win in the league so far this season, with three defeats and two draws from their five fixtures.

Plymouth were thrashed 5-1 on home soil by high-flying Peterborough in the latest of those and a 3-2 Carabao Cup reverse at Millwall followed four days later.

Four of the past six meetings between the sides have ended all square – while the other two were won by a single goal – so perhaps a close contest should be expected on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Dion Donohue, as he continues to build fitness following a groin problem, but loan signing Andre Green could make his debut.

Stuart O’Keefe is set to make his first league appearance for Argyle against his former club, but their manager Derek Adams is serving a touchline ban.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Matt Clarke or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 27 wins
Plymouth: 24 wins
13 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 17 wins
Plymouth: 10 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
There are now only limited tickets available in the Milton End – click here to secure your seat while they are still available.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Accrington v Scunthorpe
Barnsley v Gillingham
Burton v AFC Wimbledon
Coventry v Rochdale
Fleetwood v Bradford
Peterborough v Doncaster
Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers
Southend v Charlton
Sunderland v Oxford
Walsall v Blackpool
Wycombe v Luton

LAST FRATTON MEETING

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Pompey 3 Plymouth 0

Curtis and Lowe do the damage as Blues win again

1 September 2018

Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring for Pompey against Plymouth Argyle
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s excellent start to the season continued, as they eased to a comfortable victory over struggling Plymouth at Fratton Park.

They dominated for much of the contest and Ronan Curtis’ finish saw them deservedly lead at the break.

Jamal Lowe and Curtis then struck in quick succession after the interval to wrap up another enjoyable afternoon on the sunny south coast.

Kenny Jackett stuck with the same starting 11 for a fourth game in succession, with new loan signing Andre Green having to be content with a place on the bench.

There was a familiar face in the opposition line-up, as Stuart O’Keefe was selected in the Argyle midfield.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause for former Pompey forward Ron Newman, who sadly passed away earlier in the week.

When the action got underway, it was the hosts who quickly gained the upper hand and started to dominate the contest.

Lowe dragged one shot wide, while the winger’s cross then had to be cleared behind before Gareth Evans could strike.

It was an impressive performance from Evans and his fierce 30-yard volley was just about tipped over by Matt Macey.

The keeper then had a nervy moment when he fumbled Lee Brown’s cross and narrowly prevented the ball from going behind for a corner.

Still the Blues dominated and when Oli Hawkins laid the ball off for Lowe, Macey had to get down to his right to save.

Plymouth thought they should have had a penalty on 21 minutes when Freddie Ladapo burst through on goal and collided with Craig MacGillivray.

The ball flew harmlessly wide and the visitors cried foul, but referee Tom Nield disagreed and waved play on.

Pompey rubbed salt into the wound by grabbing a deserved goal just seconds later, as CURTIS continued his fine personal form.

Evans sent a pass over the top for Lowe and although there was a heavy touch, he managed to squeeze the ball across for his fellow forward to slot home.

The advantage might have been doubled soon after when Evans laid the ball off for Hawkins, only for Macey to make a fine save.

It was Pompey who had been almost totally on top, but their opponents started to enjoy more of the ball as the interval approached.

Their best opportunity was a fierce drive from Jamie Ness – earlier booked for a crude challenge on Lowe – that MacGillivray pushed over the bar.

The hosts then received a blow when Hawkins went down off the ball and had to limp off, with Brett Pitman on to replace him.

And Pompey received a scare as MacGillivray came for a corner and missed, but Gary Sawyer failed to capitalise and fired over.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Plymouth 0

Jackett made his other two changes at the break, as the injured duo of Anton Walkes and Jack Whatmough made way for Nathan Thompson and Christian Burgess.

Plymouth also introduced Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras to try to find a route back into the contest.

But the Blues started brighter and Lowe’s centre had to be cut out by Ryan Edwards before Pitman could strike.

Tom Naylor then had two cracks when a corner fell to him on the edge of the box and the second fizzed narrowly over.

But there would always be some nerves while the lead was so slender and Carey sent the ball against the outside of the post.

It was still the hosts on top, though, and Macey did well to keep out a deflected Lowe effort, while Burgess sent a header looping over.

But the Blues could breathe a sigh of relief when the lead was doubled on 63 minutes, as LOWE arrived at the back post to nod home Curtis’ cross.

And the points were safely in the bag just a few minutes later, thanks to a fine solo goal from the impressive CURTIS.

He bundled Sawyer off the ball with ease and despite looking to have run too far, managed to angle home a fierce shot.

The action calmed after that hectic period, with Pompey comfortably seeing out the closing stages in third gear.

And they were not really troubled by the Pilgrims before the whistle blew and the Fratton faithful could celebrate yet another victory

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes (N.Thompson 46), Whatmough (Burgess 46), Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis; Hawkins (Pitman 41)
Goals: Curtis 22, 69, Lowe 63
Booked: N.Thompson
Subs not used: McGee, Close, Wheeler, Green

Plymouth (4-1-4-1): Macey; Riley, Edwards, Sawyer (c), Smith-Brown; Songo’o (Lameiras 46); O’Keefe (Fox 70), Sarcevic, Ness, C.Grant (Carey 46); Ladapo
Booked: Ness
Subs not used: Letheren, Wootton, J.Grant, Taylor

Referee: Tom Nield

Attendance: 18,872 (1,226 away fans)

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Ticket News

Plymouth (H): Tickets Sold Out

A full Fratton for League One contest

1 September 2018

View of the Fratton End at Fratton Park

Tickets have sold out for Pompey's match against Plymouth this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

There were around 150 Milton End seats remaining this morning, but these have now been snapped up.

It means that the Blues will be backed by a sell-out crowd as they try to extend their unbeaten League One record.

Click here to book tickets for other Pompey matches this season.

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