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Match Preview: Blackpool v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

10 August 2018

Blackpool v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Blackpool v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

10 August 2018

Pompey are on the road for the first time this season as they make the long trip north to face Blackpool in League One.

Fans of the hosts were left stunned at the start of the week when Gary Bowyer stepped down as manager and his assistant Terry McPhillips will be in charge on Saturday.

There is currently plenty of uncertainty around the club, with a number of fans planning protests against the owners before the game.

It was a busy summer of arrivals and departures at Bloomfield Road, with several of last season’s regulars departing.

Blackpool began the campaign by playing out a goalless draw away at newly-promoted Wycombe, thanks largely to an impressive performance from goalkeeper Mark Howard.

They finished 12th in the third tier last term, having secured promotion – alongside Pompey – via the play-offs the previous year.

Both sides won on each other’s turf, with Kenny Jackett’s men securing a dramatic 3-2 victory in the north-west.

The Seasiders twice fought back to cancel out efforts from Brett Pitman and Ben Close, only for the former to then grab a late winner.

Pompey will likely be without Nathan Thompson (knee), but recent loan signing David Wheeler could make his debut.

Blackpool have doubts over Ryan McLaughlin (hamstring) and Jimmy Ryan (knee), while Donervon Daniels could feature after returning to the club on deadline day.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ben Close or watch the video below.

Pompey: 21 wins
Blackpool: 26 wins
22 draws

At Bloomfield Road
Pompey: 6 wins
Blackpool: 16 wins
12 draws

Pompey fans can buy tickets from the kiosk next to the away end (North Stand) at Bloomfield Road on the day of the game.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

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 by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Travelling by road
Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and follow the M55 towards Blackpool. After approximately 12 miles at the end of the M55, continue on to the A5230 and then Yeadon Way towards the town centre, which leads directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road.

There is very limited parking at the ground, but there are pay and display car parks in Seasiders Way near the ground. Please note that the pay and display car parks still charge after 6pm. There are restrictions on street parking near the ground.

Travelling by train
The journey from Portsmouth takes around six-and-a-half hours. Trains run from London Euston with a change at Preston for Blackpool North, with some return journeys via Wolverhampton and Guildford. Blackpool North station is about two miles from the ground, and you can take a taxi or cross the road to the bus station and catch the number 11 towards Lytham St Annes. Get off at the Old Bridge House pub and walk down Lonsdale Road to the ground. Please note that there is industrial action planned on South Western Railway routes on Saturday, which is likely to affect trains from Portsmouth to London Waterloo. It is advised to click here and check before you travel.

Travel updates
Follow @PompeyfcCop on Twitter for travel updates on the day of the game.

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

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

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