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Match Preview: Pompey v Bristol Rovers

All you need to know about League One clash

19 February 2019

Pompey v Bristol Rovers
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Bristol Rovers

All you need to know about League One clash

19 February 2019

Pompey will look to maintain their automatic promotion challenge when Bristol Rovers visit Fratton Park this evening.

Kenny Jackett’s side are unbeaten in their last three league games, but have failed to win any of them.

Now they face a team who are only being kept out of the relegation places by their superior goal difference.

The Gas currently sit in 20th position and are joined on 33 points by the three clubs directly below them – Oxford, Shrewsbury and Bradford.

But they have enjoyed an upturn in form since Graham Coughlan replaced Darrell Clarke as manager midway through December.

After suffering a defeat at Sunderland in his first match in charge, the Pirates have been beaten just once.

They have also progressed to the last four of the Checkatrade Trophy, where they will face the Black Cats – who they host in the league on Saturday – in a fortnight.

Rovers have a better record on the road than at the Memorial Stadium and have triumphed five times on their third tier travels this term.

It was Pompey who came out on top when the sides met earlier in the season, with Ronan Curtis grabbing a late winner after Chris Lines had cancelled out a Gareth Evans opener.

Andy Cannon (quad), Luke McGee (wrist), Nathan Thompson (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are still injured, while there are doubts over Omar Bogle (leg) and Dion Donohue (ankle).

Stuart Sinclair could make his first appearance since New Year’s Day for the visitors after suffering from concussion.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis will be hoping to feature against his former club, but Pompey’s League Two title-winning winger Kyle Bennett has left Rovers for a loan spell at Swindon.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Lee Brown or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 23 wins
Bristol Rovers: 11 wins
8 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 15 wins
Bristol Rovers: 2 wins
3 draws

Secure your seat online here or pay a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.

From 5.30pm this evening, tickets will also be available (subject to availability) from the matchday ticket office in Frogmore Road.

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass. Click here for more details.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Chris Wise and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Please note that subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action, with commentary starting 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 and Snapchat account.

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 by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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