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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v BRISTOL ROVERS

12 February 2016

All you need to know about League Two clash

Pompey dropped out of the play-off places without playing during the week.

But they could rise as high as fourth with victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Darrell Clarke’s side currently sit three places – and two points – above the Blues in the League Two table.

They are looking to head straight through the fourth tier after triumphing in the Conference Premier play-offs last term.

And the Gas have impressed on the road, claiming 27 points away compared to just 20 at the Memorial Stadium.

They were beaten at home to Pompey back in September – a result that briefly saw Paul Cook’s men reach the summit.

Jayden Stockley completed a fine passing move to secure victory after Aaron McCarey’s own-goal had cancelled out Gareth Evans’ opener.

And the Blues will be hoping to complete a league double this weekend to extend their six-match Fratton winning run over the Pirates.


TEAM NEWS
Danny Hollands (leg) is still sidelined, but otherwise Pompey have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Former Pompey skipper Liam Lawrence could feature for the visitors, while goalkeeper Will Puddy has recovered from a groin problem.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook has to say about the match or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Ben Close.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 19 Wins
Bristol Rovers: 10 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 Wins
Bristol Rovers: 2 Wins
3 Draws

Last Meeting
Bristol Rovers 1 (Easter)
Pompey 2 (Evans, Stockley)
League Two
September 26 2015


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park from 2pm on Saturday.

We’ll also have match updates on Twitter and the Pompey Wall.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, Pompey PlayerHD and our official YouTube channel, with extended highlights to follow at midday on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought online here. On the day of the game they will be available from the booths behind the Fratton End, which are open from 11am.


BETTING
Pompey are 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 11/4.

Click here to read our betting preview and remember to register at www.skybet.com/pompey to earn the club money whenever you have a flutter.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Newport v Carlisle (1pm)
Accrington v Crawley
AFC Wimbledon v Luton
Dag & Red v Barnet
Hartlepool v Yeovil
Leyton Orient v Northampton
Morecambe v Oxford
Plymouth v Mansfield
Stevenage v Cambridge
Wycombe v Exeter
York v Notts County


LAST MEETING

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