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Match Preview: Plymouth v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

8 February 2019

Plymouth v Pompey

Pompey will look to revive their stuttering league form when they make the trip to Plymouth on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett’s side began 2019 with victory over AFC Wimbledon, but since then their only wins have arrived in cup competitions.

They still sit just one point outside the automatic promotion places, however, and will face a team in 16th position in Devon.

But it has been an incredible rise for an Argyle side who were without a League One triumph until the 12th game of the season.

The Pilgrims were in the drop zone at the start of the year, but have won five of their past six games to move four points clear.

It means that Derek Adams’ men sit at the top of the division’s form table as they look to keep climbing the standings.

There are echoes of last term, when it also appeared that Plymouth would be embroiled in a battle against relegation, only to end up narrowly missing out on a play-off spot.

Ronan Curtis’ brace and a goal from Jamal Lowe saw Pompey ease to a 3-0 victory when the sides met earlier in the campaign.

Their two most recent Home Park clashes have ended all square, with the Blues last winning there in August 2015.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will be without Luke McGee (wrist) and Jack Whatmough (knee), while Tom Naylor starts a two-match ban.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Dion Donohue (shin), Lloyd Isgrove (knee) and Bryn Morris (ankle).

Conor Grant (calf), Joel Grant (thigh) and Jamie Ness (calf) are all missing for Plymouth, who could hand a debut to defender Lloyd Jones.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Oli Hawkins or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 28 wins
Plymouth: 24 wins
13 draws

At Home Park
Pompey: 10 wins
Plymouth: 14 wins
8 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be available at the ground on Saturday.

MATCH COVERAGE
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.

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 Sunday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 19/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 13/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Burton
Blackpool v Walsall
Bradford v Fleetwood
Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury
Charlton v Southend
Doncaster v Peterborough
Gillingham v Barnsley
Luton v Wycombe
Oxford v Sunderland
Rochdale v Coventry
Scunthorpe v Accrington

LAST MEETING


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