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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

25 October 2019

Bristol Rovers v Pompey

Pompey will search for just a second away league victory of the season when they face Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett’s side remain unbeaten on home soil, but have collected only four points on their travels.

Their opponents are sitting in 11th position and with five more points, albeit having played two games more.

But Graham Coughlan’s men go into the contest on the back of successive 2-0 defeats to Doncaster and Bolton, becoming the first team to lose to the latter this season.

That brought to an end an impressive eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which included four league triumphs.

The Pirates are aiming to improve on last term’s 15th-placed finish, with just four points separating them from the drop zone.

They are competing at this level for a fourth consecutive campaign following their dramatic final day promotion in 2016.

Pompey won 2-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture, with Ronan Curtis netting a late winner after Chris Lines’ penalty had cancelled out Gareth Evans’ opener.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Bristol Rovers (A)

24 October 2019

TEAM NEWS
Pompey have no new injury concerns ahead of the weekend, but Brett Pitman is still a major doubt with a groin strain.

Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are definitely all missing for the Blues.

Bristol Rovers will be without their top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris (calf), while former Fratton loanee Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Josh Hare and Sam Matthews are all long-term absentees.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 23 wins
Bristol Rovers: 11 wins
9 draws

At Bristol Rovers
Pompey: 8 wins
Bristol Rovers: 9 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for Saturday’s game and none will be available to buy at the Memorial Stadium on the day of the game.

Supporters who are collecting tickets can do so next to the away end from 1pm.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistants: Thomas Harty and Marvyn Amphlett
Fourth Official: Daniel Lamport

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew 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 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.

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 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 15/8.

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
All games kick-off at 3pm

Accrington v Gillingham
Burton v Blackpol
Fleetwood v MK Dons
Lincoln v Bolton
Oxford v Rochdale
Peterborough v Coventry
Rotherham v Wycombe
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Southend v Ipswich
Tranmere v Doncaster

LAST MEETING


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