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Match Preview: Plymouth v Pompey

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15 March 2022

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Plymouth Argyle v Pompey

It is usually a tight affair when Pompey and Plymouth face off in competitive action.

In fact, of the 11 most recent meetings between the two dockyard clubs, eight of them have finished all square.

So it will not be a surprise to witness another close encounter when the latest contest takes place at Home Park this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Argyle currently have the upper hand in the race for the play-offs, occupying sixth spot and with a seven-point advantage over their visitors.

Steven Schumacher’s men might even still have one eye on automatic promotion as they bid to return to the Championship for the first time in 12 years.

They are looking to extend a three-match winning run, with Macaulay Gillesphey’s header just before the break enough to see off Bolton at the weekend.

It finished 2-2 when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign, with Lee Brown and Sean Raggett on target for the hosts.

And that was the same scoreline in last season’s Devon clash, with the Blues not quite able to hold on after John Marquis and Tom Naylor had seen them battle from behind to lead.

TEAM NEWS
Pompey will hope to have Michael Jacobs available again after the midfielder returned to training following a knee injury.

Marcus Harness completes a three-match ban this evening, while Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Shaun Williams (back) are all still sidelined.

Plymouth are currently without George Cooper (knee), Brendan Galloway (knee), Alfie Lewis (thigh) and Dan Scarr (hamstring).

Former Blues defender James Bolton has been a regular for Argyle after suffering an injury-hit start to the campaign.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Hayden Carter ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 28 wins
Plymouth: 25 wins
17 draws

At Home Park
Pompey: 10 wins
Plymouth: 15 wins
10 wins

TICKETS
Tickets are no longer available to purchase for Pompey fans. Fans collecting tickets at Home Park this evening should visit the away turnstiles (numbers B20-25).

OFFICIALS
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Grant Taylor
Fourth Official: Daniel Flynn

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 Mark Kelly 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 BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Plymouth are the 7/5 favourites with VBET to secure all three points, while Pompey can be backed at 7/4.

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

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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm

Charlton v Gillingham
Crewe v Wigan
Rotherham v Lincoln
Sheffield Wednesday v Accrington
Shrewsbury v Morecambe
Wycombe v Fleetwood

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