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Match Preview: Pompey v Bristol Rovers

All you need to know about League One clash

26 September 2017

Pompey v Bristol Rovers

Pompey will be searching for home comforts against Bristol Rovers this evening following a disappointing performance on the road at Scunthorpe.

A display more like the one shown against Fleetwood in the last Fratton fixture 10 days ago would certainly help.

Kenny Jackett’s side triumphed 4-1 that day to move into the top half of the table, but have since slipped down to 15th.

That is one place below tonight’s opponents, who go into the game on the back of Saturday’s home win over Blackpool.

Rovers have not enjoyed life on the road quite so much, however, losing three of their four away league matches.

August’s victory at Bury is the only time they have collected all three points away from the Memorial Stadium, although there have been cup successes at both Fulham and Wycombe.

Pompey have come out on top in each of their last four meetings with the Pirates – and three of those contests took place at Fratton Park.

Their most recent win was in the group stage of last season’s Checkatrade Trophy, courtesy of a late strike from Kal Naismith.

TEAM NEWS
Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are both still sidelined for Pompey.

Meanwhile, Conor Chaplin (hamstring), Damien McCrory (knee) and Brett Pitman (knee) will all undergo late fitness tests.

Tom Lockyer is available for the visitors after completing a one-match ban, but James Clarke (leg), Daniel Leadbitter (thigh) and Stuart Sinclair (groin) are all injured.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 21 Wins
Bristol Rovers: 10 Wins
8 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 14 Wins
Bristol Rovers: 2 Wins
3 Draws

TICKETS
Supporters can secure their seat for this evening’s game online here or by visiting the Frogmore Road ticket office.

Home fans buying tickets tonight should visit the booths behind the Fratton End, with the ticket office open for enquiries and upgrades only.

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. They can select commentary by clicking on the settings icon at the bottom of the screen and choosing ‘home’.

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
Pompey are 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 14/5.

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

LAST LEAGUE MEETING


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