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Match Preview: Pompey v Plymouth

All you need to know about League One clash

24 November 2017

Pompey v Plymouth Argyle

The latest chapter in the epic Pompey v Plymouth tale will be written at Fratton Park on Saturday.

A healthy rivalry has built up between the sides in recent years following several epic contests in League Two.

Argyle came out on top in the 2015/16 play-offs, with a last-gasp winner at Home leaving Blues fans heartbroken.

But they had plenty of reason to be cheerful six months ago, as Pompey pipped the Pilgrims to the League Two title on the final day.

Sonny Bradley, Nadir Ciftci, Toumani Diagouraga and Jake Jervis could all feature for Derek Adams’ side against their former club, although Ryan Taylor is currently out injured.

The Devon outfit are in need of points to move away from danger, with Bury currently the only team keeping them off the foot of the table.

But a decent run of form of late has seen them move closer to safety following a disastrous opening to the campaign.

Their worst spell saw 12 games pass without a victory, but Argyle have been beaten in just one of their past seven league outings.

TEAM NEWS
Christian Burgess serves a one-match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season at Peterborough.

Brett Pitman (hamstring) is doubtful for the hosts, while Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all out.

Remi Matthews is Plymouth’s only fit goalkeeper, with Kyle Letheren (thigh), Luke McCormick (ankle) and Robbert te Loeke (back) injured.

Former Blues striker Ryan Taylor (ankle) misses out, as do Ryan Edwards (suspension), Jamie Ness (ankle) and Oscar Threlkeld (leg).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Matt Clarke have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 wins
Plymouth: 24 wins
12 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 16 wins
Plymouth: 10 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Fratton Park is full to capacity for Saturday’s match.

The booths behind the Fratton End will be open from 11am on Saturday to sell tickets for future home games. Click here to find out which fixtures are currently on sale.

Pompey’s ticket office will be open for enquiries and upgrades only, while collections can be made from main reception.

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

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

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

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 Sunday.

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 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 19/4.

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
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Blackburn v Bristol Rovers
Doncaster v MK Dons
Fleetwood v Blackpool
Gillingham v Oldham
Northampton v Bury
Rochdale v Peterborough
Rotherham v Wigan
Scunthorpe v Charlton
Shrewsbury v Bradford
Southend v Oxford

LAST MEETING


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