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Match Preview: Pompey v Blackburn

All you need to know about League One clash

13 February 2018

Pompey v Blackburn Rovers

Pompey will hope to use their first victory of 2018 as a springboard for success at the start of a hectic run of games.

Saturday’s dramatic come-from-behind win at MK Dons was the first of five fixtures in the space of just 15 days.

But they now face a stern test against a Blackburn outfit that eased to a 3-0 triumph when the sides met at Ewood Park back in October.

Tony Mowbray’s men were relegated from the Championship last season – going down on goal difference, despite winning at Brentford on the final day.

They are making a decent fist of bouncing back at the first attempt, though, and currently sit a single point outside the automatic promotion places.

Rovers had climbed above Shrewsbury into second spot, but failure to win their past two games has seen them drop down to third again.

Pompey do not have the best recent record against tonight’s opponents and you have to go back to November 2008 to find their last triumph.

Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe gave them a comfortable lead in a Premier League clash at Fratton Park and although Blackburn fought back to level, Sean Davis grabbed the winner.

TEAM NEWS
Christian Burgess returns from suspension, but it is too early for either Brandon Haunstrup or Jack Whatmough to feature.

Pompey are also without the long-term injured trio of Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

The fit-again Marcus Antonsson, Ben Gladwin and Darragh Lenihan could feature for the visitors, who are missing Harry Chapman (hamstring) and Peter Whittingham (calf).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Nathan Thompson or subscribe for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 26 Wins
Blackburn: 39 Wins
24 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 18 Wins
Blackburn: 11 Wins
14 Draws

TICKETS
Seats can be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. They will be available this evening from the booth behind the Fratton End.

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

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

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 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
Blackburn are the 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the Blues can be backed at 9/5.

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

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Bristol Rovers v Rochdale
Bury v Southend
Charlton v Bradford
Fleetwood v Shrewsbury
Northampton v Gillingham
Oldham v MK Dons
Peterborough v Scunthorpe
Plymouth v AFC Wimbledon
Rotherham v Oxford
Walsall v Doncaster
Wigan v Blackpool

LAST TIME OUT


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