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Match Preview: Pompey v Doncaster

All you need to know about League One clash

1 February 2019

Pompey v Doncaster Rovers

It has been a busy week at Fratton Park, with four new players arriving before the transfer window closed.

Now the attention switches back to what is happening on the pitch, with Doncaster visiting the south coast on Saturday.

Pompey have lost their past three league fixtures, despite enjoying positive results in both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy during that time.

It has seen them been overhauled by Luton at the top of the table, with Barnsley, Charlton and Sunderland now breathing down their neck.

Their visitors are slightly further back in seventh spot and have collected a single point from their two most recent third tier fixtures.

But Rovers have also enjoyed FA Cup success and last week’s victory over Oldham means that Crystal Palace will be travelling to the Keepmoat Stadium for a fifth round tie.

Grant McCann’s men have won six and lost six of their 14 away league games this term and are three points outside the play-off positions.

The two most recent meetings between the teams have ended all square and with an outfield player in goal.

Kal Naismith went between the sticks following Stephen Henderson’s injury last season, while Ben Whiteman donned the gloves back in August when Marko Marosi was sent off.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey could hand debuts to new loan signings Lloyd Isgrove, Viv Solomon-Otabor and James Vaughan, while Omar Bogle will hope to make his Fratton bow.

Oli Hawkins and Nathan Thompson are both back in contention, but Andy Cannon (quad) and Luke McGee (wrist) are injured, while there is a doubt over Bryn Morris (ankle).

Andy Butler is available for the visitors following a ban, but Niall Mason has been suspended by the club.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 10 wins
Doncaster: 6 wins
5 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 wins
Doncaster: 3 wins
2 draws

TICKETS
Most of the remaining seats are located in the Milton End and can be bought online here, with supporters able to take advantage of advance ticket pricing.

Subject to availability, tickets can be bought from either ticket office from 9am on the day of the game.

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 21/20 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 12/5.

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

LAST FRATTON MEETING


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