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League One Lowdown: Part Three

10 July 2017

A look at some of Pompey's 2017/18 opponents

Oldham Athletic

Pompey fans will not have particularly fond memories of the last time they shared a division with Oldham.

Not only were they beaten in both League One meetings during the 2012/13 campaign, they also had a player sent off in each fixture – Jordan Obita at Fratton Park and Sam Sodje at Boundary Park.

Manager: John Sheridan
Distance from Fratton Park: 253.8 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 18 minutes
Last season: 17th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 33/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Oldham 1 (Ertl (og))
League One
September 1 2012

Last away meeting
Oldham 1 (Baxter) Pompey 0
League One
February 23 2013


Oxford United

It was a successful first season back in the third tier for Oxford last term, as they narrowly missed out on the play-offs and got to Wembley in the EFL Trophy final.

Since then, however, former Blues boss Michael Appleton has stepped down to become assistant manager at Leicester, with Spaniard Pep Clotet replacing him.

Manager: Pep Clotet
Distance from Fratton Park: 85.7 miles
Estimated drive time: 1 hour 34 minutes
Last season: 8th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 4/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Oxford 1 (Bowery)
League Two
January 23 2016

Last away meeting
Oxford 1 (Sercombe) Pompey 1 (McGurk)
League Two
September 19 2015


Peterborough United

The Posh have been busy in the transfer window as they look to improve on last term’s mid-table finish and make a push for promotion.

Arguably their biggest signing is prolific non-league striker Ricky Miller from Dover, although he will miss the opening six games of the season after being found guilty of biting.

Manager: Grant McCann
Distance from Fratton Park: 158.6 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 47 minutes
Last season: 11th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 7/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Storey) Peterborough 0
League Cup R1
August 12 2014

Last away meeting
Peterborough 0 Pompey 3 (Huseklepp 2, Pearce)
Championship
January 28 2012


Plymouth Argyle

The Pilgrims need no introduction following several memorable League Two tussles with Pompey in recent years.

They were in top spot going into the final day of last season, but failure to beat Grimsby allowed the Blues to snatch the title from their grasp.

Manager: Derek Adams
Distance from Fratton Park: 172.1 miles
Estimated drive time: 3 hours 24 minutes
Last season: 2nd in League Two
Sky Bet promotion odds: 10/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Roberts) Plymouth 1 (Jervis)
League Two
April 14 2017

Last away meeting
Plymouth 2 (Songo’o, Smith) Pompey 2 (Bennett, Rose)
League Two
October 15 2016


Rochdale

One man in particular will wince at the memory of Pompey’s last clash with Rochdale back in March 2014.

A 3-0 defeat at Spotland proved to be the last game in charge for manager Richie Barker, following a winless run that made relegation from the entire Football League a distinct possibility.

Manager: Keith Hill
Distance from Fratton Park: 261 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Last season: 9th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 8/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 3 (Wallace, N’Gala 2) Rochdale 0
League Two
October 5 2013

Last away meeting
Rochdale 3 (Lund, Henderson, Vincenti) Pompey 0
League Two
March 25 2014


Rotherham United

Millers fans will be keen to forget last term, when they finished rock bottom of the Championship – 29 points adrift of safety and with just five wins all season.

Conversely, Pompey supporters will struggle to forget their most recent meeting with Rotherham, as a 3-2 Fratton Park victory secured them the Division One title in 2003.

Manager: Paul Warne
Distance from Fratton Park: 226 miles
Estimated drive time: 3 hours 44 minutes
Last season: 24th in Championship
Sky Bet promotion odds: 15/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 3 (Merson, Todorov 2) Rotherham 2 (Branston, Swailes)
Division One
April 27 2003

Last away meeting
Rotherham 2 (Byfield, Lee) Pompey 3 (Pericard, Todorov, Merson)
Division One
October 5 2002


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