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Match Preview: Pompey v Rochdale

Everything you need to know about League One contest

28 February 2020

Pompey v Rochdale

The action is unrelenting as Pompey continue their quest for League One promotion by hosting Rochdale this evening.

It is the second of three Fratton fixtures in six days for Kenny Jackett’s troops, who beat MK Dons on Tuesday night and face Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday.

The home faithful know that they would climb up to third spot with a victory, having already reached a season-high position of fifth.

Their opponents are more concerned with events at the other end of the table and sit just a couple of places above the drop zone.

But there is a relatively healthy gap of seven points separating Rochdale from Tranmere, who are the team just underneath that dreaded dotted line.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men have secured a solitary win from their past seven league games and head south on the back of successive defeats to Sunderland and Coventry.

It was Pompey who took the points when the sides met at Spotland back in November, courtesy of Ronan Curtis’ brace and an account-opening goal from Ryan Williams.

In fact, the Blues have triumphed in each of the past four clashes, which includes a 4-1 rout at Fratton Park last term.

Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Rochdale (H)

27 February 2020

TEAM NEWS
Kenny Jackett is hoping to have Ellis Harrison available again, with the striker returning to training after recovering from a dead leg.

Andy Cannon made his comeback on Tuesday following a glute problem and will want to keep his spot in the team against his former club.

Meanwhile, Bryn Morris is continuing on his path back from a long-term abdominal problem and could soon be taking part in full training.

Callum Camps returned from injury in Rochdale’s defeat to Coventry last week, while Ollie Rathbone will be aiming to make his comeback at Fratton Park.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 9 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
2 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 4 wins
Rochdale: 0 wins
1 draw

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure their seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and David Benton
Fourth Official: Scott Jackson

Fixture News

Watch Rochdale Game On iFollow

28 February 2020

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary, replays and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass.

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

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

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

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please use the dedicated support channels, rather than contacting the club. You can email ifollow@efl.com or use the live chat tool in the bottom right corner of this website’s homepage.

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 Saturday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 2/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors are available at 13/2.

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
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Saturday
Blackpool v Ipswich
Bolton v Accrington
Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury
Burton v Peterborough
Doncaster v Wycombe
Gillingham v AFC Wimbledon
Oxford v Southend
Rotherham v MK Dons
Tranmere v Fleetwood

Sunday
Coventry v Sunderland (12pm)

LAST FRATTON MEETING


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