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Match Preview: Doncaster v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

20 August 2021

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Doncaster Rovers v Pompey

Pompey begin a long run of away games when they visit the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The postponement of a Fratton fixture with Plymouth at the start of September means the next three league contests are all on the road.

Danny Cowley’s side are hoping to build on their perfect beginning to the campaign, with three successive victories sending them to the League One summit.

Their next opponents, by contrast, are one of a trio of teams yet to collect a single point so far this term.

Rovers have been beaten by AFC Wimbledon, Sheffield Wednesday and Accrington, although did see off Walsall on penalties to reach the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Former Salford boss Richie Wellens took charge of the South Yorkshire outfit in May following the departure of Darren Moore a couple of months earlier.

One of his first acts as manager was to persuade Ben Close to turn down a new contract at Fratton Park and sign for Doncaster.

A last-gasp John Marquis goal was not enough to prevent the Blues from losing 2-1 in last season’s corresponding fixture.

Pompey have doubts over the fitness of Marcus Harness (quad) and skipper Clark Robertson (ankle) after the pair went off injured at half-time on Tuesday night.

Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) are definitely missing, while Callum Johnson serves the final game of his suspension.

Former Pompey forward Jordy Hiwula is sidelined for Doncaster, along with Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jon Taylor (all ankle).

Charlie Seaman and Matt Smith are both back in training after periods of self-isolation, with the latter having contracted Covid-19 and the former deemed a close contact.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Kieron Freeman ahead of the game.

Pompey: 11 wins
Doncaster 8 wins
6 draws

At Doncaster
Pompey: 6 wins
Doncaster: 4 wins
3 draws

Pompey fans can purchase tickets from the Club Doncaster Academy reception next to the away turnstiles at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Click here to read a guide for away fans.

Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistants: Mark Cunliffe and Joe Simpson
Fourth Official: Stephen Wade

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from BBC Radio Solent by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2.45pm 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 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.

Pompey are the 6/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 12/5.

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

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