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Match Preview: Pompey v Tranmere

Everything you need to know about League One opener

9 August 2019

Pompey v Tranmere

Pompey will look to put their first League One points on the board when they host Tranmere on Saturday.

Both sides were left disappointed on the opening day of the season, falling to defeats against Shrewsbury and Rochdale respectively.

Rovers found themselves three goals down on home soil, but netted twice in the closing stages to restore some pride.

However, the Merseysiders have enjoyed a remarkable rise under the guidance of Micky Mellon in the past couple of years.

He led them to National League promotion with a play-off victory over Boreham Wood in 2018 – just 12 months after they had lost to Forest Green at Wembley.

And Tranmere were back at the national stadium last term, dramatically beating Newport at the end of extra-time to seal a spot in the third tier.

They have been busy in the transfer market over the summer, with Chelsea loanee Jacob Maddox yesterday becoming the 11th new arrival.

It was an entertaining contest when the sides last met at Fratton Park for a League Two contest in February 2015.

Rovers roared into a 2-0 lead, but Craig Westcarr reduced Pompey’s deficit before a late Ryan Taylor brace secured victory.

James Bolton (ankle) is still doubtful for Pompey, while Bryn Morris (groin), Jack Whatmough (knee) and Ryan Williams (quad) are definitely out.

Ross McCrorie is available again after serving a one-match ban, while John Marquis is in contention after missing the last game when his partner went into labour.

Jake Caprice (ankle), Mark Ellis (knee), Evan Gumbs (knee) and Ishmael Miller (hamstring) are all sidelined for the visitors, with Rushian Hepburn-Murphy suspended.

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Pompey: 13 wins
Tranmere: 14 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 7 wins
Tranmere: 7 wins
3 draws

Seats are still available in the Milton End and can be bought online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Subject to availability, tickets can be bought on the day of the game (with an increase in prices) from both ticket offices, which open at 9am.

Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Christopher Kidd and Simon Shaw
Fourth Official: Dan Bonneywell

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Jordan Clark 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 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.

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 8/13 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 17/4.

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