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MATCH PREVIEW: DONCASTER v POMPEY

5 January 2017

All you need to know about League Two clash

When Liverpool met Manchester United earlier in the season, it was branded ‘Red Monday’ by Sky Sports.

But there is no need for such hyperbole tonight, as Pompey’s trip to Doncaster (7.45pm kick-off) is broadcast to the nation.

Certainly both sets of supporters know how important the contest is, with the sides locked in a battle for League Two promotion.

It is Rovers who currently sit at the summit, returning there following a narrow victory over Stevenage on Bank Holiday Monday.

Darren Ferguson’s side are seven points better off than the fourth-placed Blues, who have lost just one of their last 10 league fixtures.

And with Doncaster also able to boast that impressive record, it could be a close contest at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It was the Yorkshire outfit who came out on top when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the season.

Goals from former Pompey loanee John Marquis and Andy Williams gave them a commanding lead, meaning that Carl Baker’s strike was no more than a consolation.

But the Blues have only ever been beaten once at Doncaster and will be looking to close the gap on the top three to just one point with victory tonight.


TEAM NEWS
Curtis Main is the only player missing for Pompey, while Jamal Lowe could make his debut after signing from Hampton & Richmond.

Striker Liam Mandeville (thigh) is a doubt for the hosts, who will definitely be without Luke McCullough (knee), Gary McSheffrey (groin) and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (knee).


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Matt Clarke have to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for pre-match video content.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 Wins
Doncaster: 4 Wins
3 Draws

At Doncaster
Pompey: 5 Wins
Doncaster: 1 Win
2 Draws


TICKETS
Tickets can be bought from Club Doncaster Academy next to the away end tonight. Click here for more information.

Doncaster have provided us with this guide for fans travelling to the Keepmoat Stadium.


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from the Keepmoat Stadium from 7pm tonight.

We will 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 highlights to follow on Friday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent, while The News will also have extensive coverage.


BETTING
Pompey are narrow 17/10 favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 2/1.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign up to www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers.


ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Saturday
Colchester v Carlisle
Hartlepool v Grimsby
Leyton Orient v Barnet
Mansfield v Crewe
Morecambe v Notts County
Stevenage v Newport


LAST MEETING

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