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Match Preview: Doncaster v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

17 October 2017

Doncaster Rovers v Pompey

They won successive league games for the first time this season by beating MK Dons at the weekend.

But now Pompey are looking to make it three victories on the bounce when they make the long trip north to face Doncaster tonight.

Darren Ferguson’s men won both contests between the sides last term, including a televised 3-1 triumph at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It was the Blues who had the last laugh, however, as they pipped Rovers to the League Two title on the final day.

Of the four promoted teams, it is Pompey who currently occupy the highest position, sitting one point outside the play-off berths in eighth spot.

This evening’s opponents, meanwhile, are down in 18th, having won just once on home soil in the league.

But they did see off Championship outfit Hull at the Keepmoat Stadium to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup, where they were narrowly beaten at Arsenal.

Doncaster go into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Charlton and while Pompey try to break into the top six, their opponents will be keen not to tumble into the relegation zone tonight.

TEAM NEWS
Conor Chaplin has recovered from a hamstring problem, but Drew Talbot has picked up a groin injury.

The visitors will also still be without Adam May (ankle), Damien McCrory (knee), Brett Pitman (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Former Fratton loanee John Marquis is suspended for Rovers, who are also missing Alfie May (hernia) and Andy Williams (thigh), while James Coppinger (calf) is a doubt.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
Doncaster 5 wins
3 draws

At Doncaster
Pompey: 5 wins
Doncaster: 2 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Supporters can no longer buy tickets directly from Pompey, but they will be available from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception in the north-west corner of the Keepmoat Stadium tonight. Click here for a list of prices.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of tonight’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 match 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 Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Doncaster are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 2/1.

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

LAST TIME OUT


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