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League One Lowdown: Part One

12 June 2017

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

AFC Wimbledon

The Dons enjoyed a comfortable mid-table finish in their first season in League One since the club’s reformation in 2002.

They have already moved to strengthen their squad with the capture of defender Deji Oshilaja, and strikers Kwesi Appiah and Tom Elliott.

Manager: Neal Ardley
Distance from Fratton Park: 63.1 miles
Estimated drive time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Last season: 15th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 9/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 AFC Wimbledon 0
League Two
November 15 2015

Last away meeting
AFC Wimbledon 0 Pompey 1 (Smith)
League Two
April 26 2016


Blackburn Rovers

Rovers will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1980 following their relegation from the Championship last term.

Pompey fans can surely empathise with the dramatic decline of a side who were crowned 1994/95 Premier League champions.

Head coach: Tony Mowbray
Distance from Fratton Park: 268.2 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 27 minutes
Last season: 22nd in Championship
Sky Bet promotion odds: 15/8

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Blackburn 0
Premier League
April 3 2010

Last away meeting
Blackburn 3 (Roberts 2, Nelsen) Pompey 1 (O’Hara)
Premier League
November 7 2009


Blackpool

The Tangerines celebrated play-off promotion last month, despite only snatching seventh spot on the final day of the season.

They then saw off Luton 6-5 on aggregate in a dramatic semi-final clash before beating Exeter 2-1 at Wembley – although a boycott meant that only around 6,000 of their fans were there to see it.

Manager: Gary Bowyer
Distance from Fratton Park: 282.4 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 38 minutes
Last season: 7th in League Two
Sky Bet promotion odds: 16/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 2 (Evans, E.Doyle) Blackpool 0
League Two
February 14 2017

Last away meeting
Blackpool 3 (Mellor, Potts, Vassell) Pompey 1 (Chaplin)
League Two
September 27 2016


Bradford City

The Bantams suffered Wembley heartache in May after losing to a late Millwall goal in the League One play-off final.

It has been almost 15 years since they faced Pompey in a competitive contest, when the Blues celebrated their Division One title success with a 5-0 rout at Valley Parade.

Manager: Stuart McCall
Distance from Fratton Park: 267.7 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 33 minutes
Last season: 5th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 100/30

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 3 (Quashie 2, Pericard) Bradford 0
Division One
September 28 2002

Last away meeting
Bradford 0 Pompey 5 (Festa, Todorov 3, Stone)
Division One
May 4 2003


Bristol Rovers

Rovers will be looking to build on an encouraging first season back in League One, which saw them finish just seven points outside the play-off places.

They won promotion on a dramatic final day the previous campaign, coming from behind to beat Dagenham and snatch third spot from Accrington.

Manager: Darrell Clarke
Distance from Fratton Park: 121.6 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 4 minutes
Last season: 10th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 11/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Naismith) Bristol Rovers 0
EFL Trophy
November 8 2016

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


Bury

The Shakers avoided the drop on the final day of last season, despite suffering a 1-0 defeat at Southend.

They have since been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Jermaine Beckford, Phil Edwards, Stephen Dawson, Callum Reilly, Joe Skarz, Adam Thompson, Eoghan O’Connell and Jay O’Shea.

Manager: Lee Clark
Distance from Fratton Park: 255.2 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 21 minutes
Last season: 19th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 10/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Bury 1 (Lowe)
League Two
April 18 2015

Last away meeting
Bury 3 (Mayor, Lowe, Rose) Pompey 0
League Two
October 18 2014


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