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Match Preview: Doncaster v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

2 March 2021

Doncaster Rovers v Pompey

Pompey’s recent underwhelming Fratton form means they are probably pleased to now have successive games on the road.

Ahead of a trip to struggling Northampton at the weekend, Kenny Jackett’s side face fellow promotion chasers Doncaster this evening.

The Blues have three more points and are two places higher in the standings than their sixth-placed opponents.

Rovers do have two games in hand, however, as both sides try to close the gap on Lincoln in second spot.

The hosts were in fine form heading into February, but have failed to win any of their past five fixtures and collected a single point in the process.

They were defeated 2-1 at Ipswich on Saturday, which followed a battling 3-3 draw with Hull in their most recent Keepmoat Stadium contest.

And Doncaster were dealt a further blow when boss Darren Moore – a former Pompey defender – left to take charge of Sheffield Wednesday on Monday.

Veteran defender Andy Butler has been named his replacement until the end of the campaign and is also in charge of the club’s women’s team.

A goal from Reece James ensured Rovers claimed all three points at Fratton Park earlier this season, while the Blues triumphed 2-1 in South Yorkshire last term.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will be without the injured trio of James Bolton (ankle), Michael Jacobs (hamstring) and Callum Johnson (calf).

Alex Bass requires a scan after injuring his leg for Southend, having joined the League Two side on an emergency loan on Saturday morning.

Ellis Harrison and Tom Naylor suffered knocks against Gillingham at the weekend, but the duo are both available.

Doncaster striker Tyreece John-Jules is out with a hamstring problem and has returned to parent club Arsenal for treatment.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Doncaster: 7 wins
6 draws

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

OFFICIALS
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Barry Gordon and Joe Clark
Fourth Official: Rebecca Welch

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

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 6pm.

Please note that subscribers based in the UK and Ireland will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

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 Wednesday.

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

Please note that current BBC guidelines mean commentators are not allowed to travel outside of their regions for games.

The BBC Radio Solent team will still be providing commentary from their studio, but there might be a slight delay between the pictures and the audio.

Supporters can use the settings cog to switch to local Doncaster commentary if they prefer.

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BETTING
Pompey are the 31/20 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/5.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. 18+. Be Gamble Aware.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Gillingham v MK Dons (6pm)
Wigan v Charlton (6pm)
Accrington v Ipswich
Blackpool v Crewe
Burton v Bristol Rovers
Hull v Rochdale
Lincoln v Fleetwood
Northampton v Plymouth
Oxford v Peterborough
Shrewsbury v AFC Wimbledon
Sunderland v Swindon

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