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Match Preview: Pompey v Doncaster

All you need to know about League One contest

11 February 2022

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Pompey v Doncaster Rovers

Pompey will aim to record successive League One victories for the first time since the end of November when they host Doncaster on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s troops got three points on the board by seeing off Burton on home soil earlier in the week.

Now they will want to build on that result against the side currently propping up the rest of the third tier.

Rovers are eight points adrift of safety, although their goal difference is also comfortably worse than the clubs they are trying to catch.

And yet the South Yorkshire outfit have enjoyed two impressive victories at MK Dons and Sunderland in their most recent away fixtures.

Those trips, however, represent their only two wins on the road, with Gary McSheffrey’s men having picked up just a single point beforehand.

It finished goalless when the sides met earlier in the campaign, with keeper Pontus Dahlberg – who has since departed – making a string of fine saves and keeping out a Shaun Williams spot-kick.

But Reece James’ second half strike ensured it was Doncaster who claimed all the points in last season’s Fratton contest.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle) and Shaun Williams (back), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) remain sidelined.

Joe Morrell is still suspended for two more fixtures following his harsh red card at Oxford last week.

Blues academy graduate Ben Close will not play for Doncaster again this season after undergoing knee surgery.

The visitors are also without Tom Anderson (foot), John Bostock (ankle), Ethan Galbraith (calf), Cameron John (back), Fejiri Okenabirhie (Achilles) and Jon Taylor (ankle), while Tommy Rowe (ankle) is a doubt.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Louis Thompson ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 11 wins
Doncaster: 8 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 5 wins
Doncaster: 4 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure a seat for Saturday’s contest online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

Supporters coming to the ground on the day of the game can also purchase tickets from the booth behind the Fratton End.

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.

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 is 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, which will be service Staggeringly Good Brewery products, and new North Stand bar will be open for home fans from 12pm.

Supporters travelling to the game by train should note that engineering works mean there is a line closure between Guildford and Petersfield, resulting in a rail replacement bus service.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Tom Reeves
Assistants: Greg Read and Garry Maskell
Fourth Official: Christopher Kidd

MATCH COVERAGE
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 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch all the action live, with accompanying commentary.

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.

BETTING
Pompey are the 4/11 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 6/1.

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

We are committed to playing our part in ensuring our relationship with VBET is promoted in the right way to our supporters.

That is why VBET has partnered with BettorMind, to provide responsible gambling advice around key betting behaviours.

When it comes to betting, we advise all fans to make use of our dedicated responsible gambling site.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Saturday
Accrington v Crewe
AFC Wimbledon v Sunderland
Burton v Cambridge
Cheltenham v Fleetwood
Lincoln v Wycombe
MK Dons v Ipswich
Morecambe v Gillingham
Oxford v Bolton
Plymouth v Shrewsbury
Wigan v Charlton

Sunday
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham (12pm)

CLASSIC CONTEST


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