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Match Preview: Pompey v Bristol Rovers

All you need to know about League One contest

4 August 2023

Pompey v Bristol Rovers
Match Previews

Match Preview: Pompey v Bristol Rovers

All you need to know about League One contest

4 August 2023

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A gap of 90 days will have passed since Pompey drew with Wycombe on the final day of the 2022/23 campaign.

So a return to competitive action will be most welcome for John Mousinho’s men when they face Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Supporters looking for good omens will note that the visitors have only won twice on Portsea Island in the past 100 years.

The Blues have won 11 of the past 12 meetings on the south coast, including a 3-1 success 12 months ago.

Rovers finished last season down in 17th position, although were still a comfortable eight points clear of the drop zone.

And in striker Aaron Collins, they have the man named League One Player of the Season at the EFL Awards back in April.

But their manager Joey Barton will not be making the trip down to Fratton Park with his team, as he starts a three-game stadium ban following a furious reaction to a refereeing performance at Sheffield Wednesday last term.

Fans should note that Saturday’s game might last a bit longer than usual after the EFL announced a new approach to time keeping.

Paddy Lane (ankle) is the only senior player missing for the hosts, while teenager Josh Dockerill is out with a long-term knee injury.

There are 12 summer signings who will be hoping to make their competitive bows for Pompey on Saturday.

Bristol Rovers could also hand out a few debuts, but George Friend, James Gibbons, Luke McCormick and Jordan Rossiter are currently sidelined.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Anthony Scully ahead of the game.

Pompey: 26 wins
Bristol Rovers: 12 wins
10 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 17 wins
Bristol Rovers: 2 wins
4 draws

Fratton Park is full to capacity for Saturday’s game. If you are attending, read our matchday guide to find out what is happening around the ground.

Referee: Sam Allison
Assistants: Mark Dwyer and Andrew Dallison
Fourth Official: Farai Hallam

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.

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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 (not available online).

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