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Match Preview: Rochdale v Pompey

All you need to know about League One opener

19 September 2020

Rochdale v Pompey

A televised cup tie during the week means Pompey fans have had to wait an extra 24 hours for their latest taste of League One action.

Rochdale are the opponents for a Sunday afternoon summit at Spotland, with both sides chasing their first three-point haul of the new campaign.

While Kenny Jackett’s side played out a goalless draw with Shrewsbury last week, their hosts were beaten 3-1 at newly-promoted Swindon.

And, like the Blues, they also exited the Carabao Cup in the second round, with Dale losing 2-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.

When the 2019/20 season came to a halt back in March, Brian Barry-Murphy’s men were in 19th position and just four points above the drop zone.

Their final game was, however, an impressive victory over a Rotherham side that were ultimately awarded promotion.

And the points-per-game method chosen to settle the final League One standings saw them climb one position.

Pompey have a good record against Rochdale, having lost just one of the previous 13 meetings between the sides.

They won 3-0 on their last visit to Spotland in November 2019, courtesy of Ronan Curtis’ brace and a goal from Ryan Williams.

Alex Bass (ankle) is the only injury doubt for Pompey after Jackett confirmed that Jack Whatmough suffered just a dead leg at Brighton.

Michael Jacobs might make his Blues bow after sitting out that Carabao Cup clash, while the cup-tied Callum Johnson could return.

Striker Stephen Humphrys is in line to make his second Rochdale debut, having rejoined the club from Southend.

Read the thoughts of manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the trip to Spotland.

Pompey: 10 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
2 draws

At Spotland
Pompey: 5 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
1 draw

Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistants: Nik Barnard and Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official: Wade Smith

Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live – with graphics, replays and commentary – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm.

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.

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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.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Monday.

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

Pompey are the 4/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 18/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Sunday's game. Please gamble responsibly.


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