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Match Preview: Pompey v Bolton

All you need to know about League One contest

29 October 2021

Pompey produced an improved performance at Accrington last weekend, but it is wins that the Fratton faithful want to see.

So the hope is to start a run of four successive home matches by claiming a maximum haul against Bolton on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The visitors are currently sitting 13th in the League One standings – three places and the same number of points above the Blues.

A run of three successive defeats was halted in their last outing, with Ian Evatt’s men scoring twice in the closing stages to salvage a draw with Gillingham on home soil.

Wanderers beat Crawley on the final day of last term to secure the final automatic promotion place from the fourth tier.

The club were not even sure they would start the season before that, with severe financial problems meaning liquidation was a real possibility.

Thankfully, a takeover was completed to ensure the only struggles were those happening on the pitch.

Pompey won 1-0 in both of that campaign’s meetings, with Brett Pitman making up for an earlier penalty miss to nab the winner at Fratton Park.

Pompey skipper Clark Robertson is still sidelined with a hip problem, while Ellis Harrison (ankle) and Jayden Reid (knee) are still missing.

But Paul Downing (hamstring) and Liam Vincent (shin) have both returned to light training and are nearing a return.

Bolton – who include former Blues loanees Eoin Doyle and Lloyd Isgrove in their ranks – are without Amadou Bakayoko (ankle) and Gethin Jones (leg).

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Sean Raggett ahead of the game or watch the video below.

Pompey: 35 wins
Bolton: 42 wins
22 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 25 wins
Bolton: 9 wins
15 draws

There are a limited number of tickets available to buy online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

Fans buying tickets on a matchday can also visit the booth behind the Fratton End, but please note that prices increase if not purchased in advanced.

Please note that all parking has been pre-booked and there are no more spaces available in the club car park.

Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium, with contactless payments will be required in all food kiosks and hospitality areas, as well as for the purchase of tickets.

Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from midday on Saturday, but please note it will be closed after the game due to a private function.

Click here for full details on Pompey’s remembrance fixture, with all fans advised to be in their seats by 2.45pm.


Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistants: Justin Amey and Paul Yates
Fourth Official: Sam Allison

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 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 BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

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

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday's game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

All games kick-off at 3pm

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Charlton v Doncaster
Cheltenham v Sheffield Wednesday
Crewe v MK Dons
Fleetwood v Wycombe
Gillingham v Accrington
Lincoln v Shrewsbury
Oxford v Morecambe
Plymouth v Ipswich
Rotherham v Sunderland
Wigan v Burton


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