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Match Preview: Pompey v Rotherham

All you need to know about League One contest

12 April 2022

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Pompey v Rotherham United

Pompey will want to make the most of home comforts when they welcome Rotherham to Fratton Park this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side are looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Cheltenham by beating one of the sides chasing the League One title.

But the Millers – who have led the standings for so long – have recently dropped out of the automatic promotion spots.

They have won just one of their six most recent league matches and were beaten 1-0 on home soil by Charlton at the weekend.

United have lifted silverware during that time, though, twice battling from behind before seeing off Sutton after extra-time at Wembley in the final of the Papa John’s Trophy.

And they know that victory tonight would see them overhaul second-placed MK Dons, while still holding a game in hand.

Paul Warne’s men have been something of a yoyo side in recent years, having either been promoted to or dropped out of the Championship in each of the past five seasons.

Pompey were beaten 4-1 when the sides met at New York Stadium earlier in the campaign, but they triumphed 3-2 the last time this fixture took place at Fratton Park in November 2019.

TEAM NEWS
Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) are the only absentees for the hosts.

Ben Wiles (leg) and Richard Wood (illness) are both expected to be available for the Millers, but keeper Josh Vickers is set to miss the rest of the season with a hand injury.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Aiden O’Brien ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 12 wins
Rotherham: 11 wins
10 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Rotherham: 2 wins
5 draws

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

Supporters can also purchase seats, subject to availability, from the booth behind the Fratton End this evening.

Please note that tickets for the original date of this fixture are still valid, unless supporters requested to cancel. If you have any queries, please email tickets@pompeyfc.co.uk

Season ticket holders in Blocks T-W of the South Lower have been contacted with their new seat details and been sent a new season card. Please contact the ticket office if you have not received this.

Covid certification is no longer required to attend, but Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

A matchday magazine will be available to purchase from sellers around the ground, online from the memorabilia store, in the club shop, the Victory Bar and selected kiosks.

The Victory Bar will be open for Pompey fans from 5pm this evening.

OFFICIALS
Referee: David Rock
Assistants: Simon Shaw and Justin Amey
Fourth Official: Carl Brook

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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.

BETTING
Rotherham are the 13/10 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 11/5.

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

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