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Match Preview: Pompey v Plymouth

All you need to know about League One clash

31 August 2018

Pompey v Plymouth

Pompey and Plymouth have been engaged in some pivotal meetings in recent seasons.

It was Argyle who came out on top when they clashed in the play-offs in 2016, while the Blues edged the race for the League Two title the following year.

And both clubs ultimately came up just short in the battle to stake a place in the third tier’s top six last term.

The Pilgrims do not currently look like a side who will challenge for promotion, but showed last campaign that you write them off at your peril.

Derek Adams’ men were rock bottom following a 1-0 defeat at Fratton Park in late November, only to then go on an incredible run that saw just one loss from 17 games.

They have yet to win in the league so far this season, with three defeats and two draws from their five fixtures.

Plymouth were thrashed 5-1 on home soil by high-flying Peterborough in the latest of those and a 3-2 Carabao Cup reverse at Millwall followed four days later.

Four of the past six meetings between the sides have ended all square – while the other two were won by a single goal – so perhaps a close contest should be expected on Saturday.

Pompey are without Dion Donohue, as he continues to build fitness following a groin problem, but loan signing Andre Green could make his debut.

Stuart O’Keefe is set to make his first league appearance for Argyle against his former club, but their manager Derek Adams is serving a touchline ban.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Matt Clarke or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 27 wins
Plymouth: 24 wins
13 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 17 wins
Plymouth: 10 wins
5 draws

There are now only limited tickets available in the Milton End – click here to secure your seat while they are still available.

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.

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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.

Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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