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Match Preview: Rochdale v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

30 November 2018

Rochdale v Pompey

The quest to remain at the League One summit takes a break this weekend, as Pompey turn their attention towards securing FA Cup progress.

Kenny Jackett’s side will visit Spotland for the third time in 2018 to face Rochdale for a place in the third round.

Both teams know that a potential clash with one of the Premier League big-boys is the reward for going through.

The Blues have only cleared the first hurdle on one other occasion since reaching the FA Cup final in 2010, making it as far as the fourth round in 2015/16.

Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matt Clarke were on target when Pompey recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a 3-1 triumph at Rochdale earlier in the season.

Their opponents are currently sitting 17th in the League One table and left Oxford on the back of a 4-2 defeat on Tuesday evening.

Dale reached this stage of the competition with a narrow win over non-league Gateshead on home soil.

But they got all the way to the fifth round last term, holding Tottenham to a draw before eventually losing 6-1 in the Wembley replay.

David Wheeler (back/hamstring) is missing for Pompey after collecting an injury in Tuesday’s victory over Walsall.

Joe Mason (groin) is not quite ready for a return, while Dion Donohue (hamstring) is also still sidelined.

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: 6 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
2 draws

At Spotland
Pompey: 3 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
1 draw

Pompey fans will be able to purchase tickets from the cash turnstiles at Spotland on the day of the game.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Mark Kelly by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 1.30pm on Sunday.

Overseas subscribers should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected for overseas broadcast and supporters should check their local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.

Fans in the UK will be able to watch goals and key moments as part of the Final Score programme on BBC One.

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 Monday.

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

Pompey are the 23/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure progress on Sunday, while the hosts can be backed at 11/5.

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