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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

31 December 2017

Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Pompey will be looking to start 2018 how they finished 2017 – with a victory.

Kenny Jackett’s men moved into the play-off places by seeing off struggling Northampton on home soil on Saturday.

So they will want to cement their position inside the top six by beating a Bristol Rovers outfit who are currently sitting 16th.

They ended the year with a 1-1 stalemate at Oldham, which stretched their winless run to four matches.

Darrell Clarke’s side did achieve back-to-back three-point hauls against Rotherham and Southend at the beginning of December.

But they represent the only triumphs – in any competition – the Pirates have enjoyed since the end of October.

Rovers are certainly stronger on home soil, with seven of their nine league wins arriving at the Memorial Stadium.

It finished 3-0 to Pompey when the sides met on the south coast back in September, courtesy of an Oli Hawkins goal and Brett Pitman brace.

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans (hamstring) and Danny Rose (leg) will both miss out after suffering injuries against Northampton.

They join the quintet of Brandon Haunstrup (knee), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Kal Naismith (knee), Stuart O’Keefe (adductor) and Jack Whatmough (knee) on the sidelines.

Bristol Rovers will be without Daniel Leadbitter, who limped off with a hamstring problem at Walsall on Boxing Day.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Joe Gallen and Dion Donohue on Monday’s game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 22 wins
Bristol Rovers: 10 wins
7 draws

At Bristol Rovers
Pompey: 7 wins
Bristol Rovers: 8 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available on the day of the game.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of the game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

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We will also have updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

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

BETTING
Pompey are 8/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 13/8.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Southend
Charlton v Gillingham
Fleetwood v Bradford
Northampton v Wigan
Oxford v MK Dons
Peterborough v Doncaster
Plymouth v Walsall
Rochdale v Blackpool
Rotherham v Blackburn
Scunthorpe v Bury
Shrewsbury v Oldham

LAST MEETING


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