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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

21 August 2018

Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Pompey will aim to continue their 100 per cent start to the League One campaign at Bristol Rovers this evening.

A 4-1 victory over Oxford at the weekend means the Blues, Peterborough and Leeds are the only EFL sides yet to drop a point.

Their opponents, meanwhile, lost to the Posh on the opening day and were then beaten at home by Accrington the following week.

They recovered to see off Crawley in the Carabao Cup and then got their first points on the board by winning at Wycombe three days ago.

It leaves Darrell Clarke’s side sitting 16th in the League One standings, as they look to improve on last term’s 13th-placed finish.

Rovers are now in their third season at this level, having dramatically snatched automatic promotion from Accrington’s grasp on the final day of the 2015/16 season.

Pompey looked to be heading for victory when they last visited the Memorial Stadium back on New Year’s Day.

Oli Hawkins had given them a second half lead, only for late goals from Stuart Sinclair and Liam Sercombe to turn the match on its head.

It had been a more straightforward affair at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, with Hawkins and Brett Pitman (2) on target in a 3-0 victory.

TEAM NEWS
Dion Donohue misses out as he continues his recovery from a groin problem, but Nathan Thompson should be available for selection following a knee injury.

Joe Partington and Stuart Sinclair are both sidelined for the hosts, who could hand appearances to former Pompey players Kyle Bennett and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 22 wins
Bristol Rovers: 11 wins
8 draws

At Bristol Rovers
Pompey: 7 wins
Bristol Rovers: 9 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available at the ground this evening.

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the game live – with commentary and graphics – as part of a new service offered by the EFL. It is priced £10 for a match pass and more information can be found here.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm. Please note that you will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action, with commentary starting 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 Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 8/5 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 17/10.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Walsall
Blackpool v Coventry
Bradford v Burton
Charlton v Peterborough
Doncaster v Shrewsbury
Luton v Southend
Oxford v Accrington
Plymouth v Wycombe
Rochale v Barnsley

Wednesday
Gillingham v Sunderland
Scunthorpe v Fleetwood

LAST MEETING


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