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Match Preview: Pompey v Rotherham

All you need to know about League One clash

2 September 2017

Pompey v Rotherham United

Football fans around the country were enthralled by the frantic bits of transfer business conducted on Thursday.

And it was the busiest deadline day in recent memory at Fratton Park, with four players arriving on the south coast and another four departing.

But now the window has slammed shut and the focus turns back to what happens on the pitch.

Blues supporters will have to wait an extra day for their football fix, however, with their game against Rotherham put back a day to accommodate the Sky Sports cameras.

On Sunday (2.30pm kick-off), Kenny Jackett’s side host a team that were relegated from the Championship last term.

The Millers managed to record just five league victories and finished a massive 28 points adrift of safety.

Jackett was the second of three permanent managers at New York Stadium that campaign, but was there for just 39 days before departing and being replaced by current boss Paul Warne.

His choice of assistant earlier in the summer was Richie Barker, who had a short spell in charge of Pompey between December 2013 and March 2014.

Rotherham are currently 19th in the League One standings, having won just one – a 5-0 rout of Southend – of their four fixtures.

Their last visit to Fratton Park was also for a televised game on a Sunday, with Pompey’s 3-2 victory in April 2003 securing the second tier title.

TEAM NEWS
Oliver Hawkins, Matty Kennedy, Damien McCrory and Stuart O’Keefe could all make their debuts after arriving on deadline day.

Nathan Thompson is also in line for his Blues bow, having been out with a foot injury since the start of pre-season.

He would come in at right-back to replace Gareth Evans, who serves a one-match ban following his red card at Wigan last week.

The game might come too soon for Matt Clarke, who has returned to full training, while Drew Talbot (hamstring) is sidelined.

Rotherham striker Jamie Proctor has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Lee Frecklington, former Blues loanee Joe Mattock and Will Vaulks are all doubts.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 Wins
Rotherham: 8 Wins
10 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 Wins
Rotherham: 1 Win
5 Draws

TICKETS
Fans can secure their seat online here and take advantage of cheaper prices for buying in advance.

Click here more information on Rotherham tickets, as well as parking details.

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

Please note that there is no live video stream for overseas subscribers, as this match has been selected for television coverage.

Click here for more information about the iFollow service and how you can access support for any issues. 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 Monday.

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 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 5/2.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions.

SATURDAY’S LEAGUE ONE GAMES
Bradford v Bristol Rovers (12.30pm)
Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon
Bury v Scunthorpe
Doncaster v Peterborough
Gillingham v Shrewsbury
MK Dons v Oxford
Oldham v Charlton
Southend v Rochdale
Walsall v Plymouth

LAST TIME OUT


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