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16 November 2020 Venue Home Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Plymouth v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

16 November 2020

Plymouth Argyle v Pompey

Plymouth have the best home record in League One, while Pompey’s form on the road tops the charts.

But something might have to give when the two sides clash at Home Park in front of the Sky Sports cameras this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Saturday’s results largely went in favour of the Blues, who remain seventh in the standings after 11 games.

Their next opponents are two places – and just as many points – further back, although do have a game in hand.

Ryan Lowe’s men approach the contest on the back of four successive victories in all competitions, including league wins over Doncaster and Swindon on their own patch.

In fact, the only visiting side to leave Devon triumphant this term was Norwich U21s in the EFL Trophy back in September.

Argyle have certainly enjoyed life back in the third tier following their promotion from League Two last term.

They ended up taking the final automatic spot once sides had voted to end the campaign and use the points per game method to determine final placings.

Pompey’s last visit to the Pilgrims came in February 2019, when Ben Close’s opener was cancelled out by Graham Carey in a 1-1 draw.

Pompey have doubts over Tom Naylor and Sean Raggett, who have both been suffering with knocks that left them unable to train.

But there could be returns for Andy Cannon and Jack Whatmough, who are close to recovering from groin and hamstring problems respectively.

Michael Jacobs (knee) and Lee Brown (hamstring) are both definitely missing for the Blues, while Ronan Curtis is away on Republic of Ireland under-21 duty.

Plymouth will be without Luke Jephcott, who is currently with the Wales under-21 side, as well as Lewis Macleod (knee) and Gary Sawyer (ankle).

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Jordy Hiwula ahead of the game.

Pompey: 28 wins
Plymouth: 24 wins
14 draws

At Home Park
Pompey: 10 wins
Plymouth: 14 wins
9 draws

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua and Mark Derrien
Fourth Official: Alan Young

Supporters in the UK can watch the contest live on Sky Sports Football. If you are based overseas then please check local listings to see if the game is being shown in your region.

The game cannot be viewed on iFollow, but subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Alan McLoughlin by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

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.

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

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

Pompey fans can buy their programme for tonigh's game for £2.99 by downloading the 'Matchday Digital' app.

A limited number of printed copies have also been produced. Email for more details.

Pompey are the 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure the victory, while the hosts can be backed at 12/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening's game. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Plymouth 2 Pompey 2

Blues remain unbeaten on the road after Home Park stalemate

16 November 2020

Tom Naylor scores for Pompey at Plymouth Argyle
Photo: Graham Hunt

Pompey were denied third spot in the League One standings after being held to a draw at Plymouth.

They were poor in the first half and an unfortunate own-goal from Sean Raggett meant they were trailing at the break.

But they completely turned things around in the space of three minutes following the restart, courtesy of John Marquis’ penalty and a fine Tom Naylor finish.

The Blues were unable to become the first side to leave Devon with all three points, however, as Jerome Opoku hit an Argyle equaliser.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Ipswich in the FA Cup nine days earlier.

Ben Close – who scored in Pompey’s last trip to Home Park – came in for Ronan Curtis, who was away on Republic of Ireland international duty.

Andy Cannon, Naylor and Raggett had all been doubts ahead of kick-off, but the trio were passed fit to feature.

There was also a welcome return to the bench for Jack Whatmough, who had been missing since the end of October with a hamstring injury.

It was battle between the sides with best home and away records in League One respectively, but the men from Devon made the brighter start.

Ryan Hardie raced onto a pass from Kell Watts and was able to beat Craig MacGillivray to the ball, only for the keeper to recover well and deny the striker.

Watts then did well at the other end to prevent dangerous deliveries from Ryan Williams and Callum Johnson reaching their intended targets.

But Plymouth broke the deadlock on 11 minutes, with Raggett the unfortunate man to be credited with the goal.

The defender had to try to stop Hardie converting Frank Nouble’s pass and could only tun the ball into his own net.

Pompey were seeing plenty of possession and getting into some dangerous areas, although a final key pass or shot proved elusive.

One good example was when Cannon showed some neat footwork to beat Panutche Camara and play a one-two with Marquis, but could not force his way past the last defender.

A sloppy pass from Rasmus Nicolaisen then allowed Camera to find Nouble, who found space and forced a fine stop from MacGillivray.

The Blues continued to push forward and try to find a route through the Arglye back-line, but Michael Cooper was not being forced into action.

Their best opening came in stoppage-time, with Williams not quite able to bring Cam Pring’s cross under control and seeing the ball bounce off him and fly wide.

Half Time: Plymouth 1 Pompey 0

Jackett made a double switch at the break, with Whatmough and Ellis Harrison on to replace Nicolaisen and Close.

But it was Plymouth who were first to threaten following the restart and they will be left wondering quite how the ball stayed out of the net.

MacGillivray got down to parry away Danny Mayor’s attempt and it seemed certain that Hardie would convert the loose ball, only for Pring to make a brilliant block.

Harrison then dived forward to try to meet Harness’ delivery from the right, but could not quite make contact.

And when the substitute was fouled by Tyrese Fornah, a Marquis free-kick cannoned back off the wall and the same players follow-up flashed past the post.

Then, when Williams’ cross was only partially cleared, a fierce Naylor strike had to be tipped over by Cooper.

But the Blues were level just past the hour mark when Watts battled with Whatmough to reach a cross and the ball struck his outstretched arm.

Referee Charles Breakspear had no choice but to point to the spot and MARQUIS confidently converted the penalty.

And the game was flipped on its head a few moments later when the Pilgrims defence failed to deal with Cannon’s cross.

The ball found NAYLOR on the edge of the box and the skipper expertly drilled it right into the bottom corner.

But it was then Plymouth’s turn to hit back on 78 minutes when they won a free-kick wide on the left.

MacGillivray was unable to claim George Cooper’s delivery, allowing Dom Telford to nod the ball back and leave Opoku with a simple finish.

With the game so delicately poised it was little surprise that tempers became frayed and both Naylor and Ben Reeves were booked for a spot of mutual shoving.

A knock from Williams then saw Haji Mnoga brought on for the final few minutes, which passed by without either side able to find a winner.

Plymouth (3-5-2): M.Cooper; Aimson, Opoku, Watts; Edwards (c), Camara (Reeves 84), Fornah (Grant 67), Mayor, G.Cooper; Nouble, Hardie (Telford 63)
Goals: Raggett 11 (og), Opoku 78
Booked: Opoku, Reeves
Subs not used: McCormick, Wootton, Canavan, Abraham

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Whatmough 46), Pring; Naylor (c), Close (Harrison 46); Harness, Williams (Mnoga 90), Cannon; Marquis
Goals: Marquis 63 (pen), Naylor 65
Booked: Marquis, Cannon, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Morris, Hiwula

Referee: Charles Breakspear

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