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Match Preview: Rotherham v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

19 January 2018

Rotherham United v Pompey

Two sides sitting just outside the play-off places go head-to-head in South Yorkshire on Saturday.

Pompey sit one place – and the same number of points – ahead of their eighth-placed hosts Rotherham.

Fans will no doubt be looking forward to visiting New York Stadium for the very first time, with their last trip to United taking place at Millmoor.

The Blues won 3-2 in October 2002, courtesy of goals from Vincent Pericard, Svetoslav Todorov and Paul Merson, and went on to secure the Division One title.

It was the Millers celebrating victory at Fratton Park earlier in the current campaign, however, with Jon Taylor’s strike enough to secure the points in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

But Paul Warne’s men are without their top scorer, with Kieffer Moore seeing his loan from Ipswich cut short so he could make a permanent switch to Barnsley.

He had notched 13 times in League One during the first half of the season, while their current most prolific frontman, David Ball, has just six goals.

Rotherham are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016/17, which saw them finish rock bottom of the Championship – 28 points adrift of safety.

TEAM NEWS
Gareth Evans (hamstring) is not quite fit enough to be able to return to action, while Stuart O’Keefe has undergone surgery on a groin problem that is set to keep him sidelined for 10-12 weeks.

Brandon Haunstrup (knee), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Danny Rose (leg) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are also missing.

Rotherham will be without Darren Potter (Achilles), but former Blues players Joe Mattock, Michael Smith and Ryan Williams could all feature.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Kal Naismith on Saturday’s game or subscribe for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Rotherham: 9 wins
10 draws

At Rotherham
Pompey: 3 wins
Rotherham: 7 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Seats can be bought from the away ticket office at New York Stadium, although there is a price increase. Click here for more details.

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 Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Rotherham are the 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the Blues can be backed at 21/10.

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

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

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