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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about Boxing Day contest

24 December 2023

Bristol Rovers v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about Boxing Day contest

24 December 2023

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Once Santa has been, the presents opened and the turkey devoured, what is there left to look forward to about Christmas?

Why, all the festive football of course – and it continues on Boxing Day when Pompey visit Bristol Rovers (3pm kick-off).

John Mousinho’s men will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record on the road in League One matches this season.

It is an impressive statistic that has helped them to the top of the table, while their next opponents sit in 13th position – already 12 points adrift of the play-offs.

That is three places higher than the Pirates were situated when Joey Barton was sacked as manager back in October.

It took more than a month before Matt Taylor (the other one) was appointed as his replacement in the Memorial Stadium hot-seat.

And just 10 days ago, he guided the side to an excellent 2-1 victory at high-flying Bolton, with former Fratton striker John Marquis among the scorers.

He netted again at Blackpool on Saturday, but it was not enough to prevent the Gas from slipping to a 3-1 defeat.

Kusini Yengi came off the bench to head home a debut goal when the sides drew 1-1 at Fratton Park on the opening day of the season.

But a Colby Bishop brace ensured it was the Blues who emerged 2-0 victors in last term’s clash in Bristol.

Pompey are still missing Tino Anjorin (hamstring), Josh Dockerill (knee), Connor Ogilvie (ankle) and Regan Poole (knee).

The visitors also still have doubts over the fitness of midfielder Tom Lowery (calf) and right-back Zak Swanson (groin).

George Friend and Jordan Rossiter are both sidelined for the hosts, who also have doubts over the fitness of Jack Hunt and Luke McCormick.

Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Gavin Whyte ahead of the game.

Pompey: 26 wins
Bristol Rovers: 12 wins
11 draws

On the road
Pompey: 9 wins
Bristol Rovers: 10 wins
6 draws

Pompey have sold their full allocation for this game, so please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.

Referee: Scott Tallis
Assistants: Ollie Williams and Darren Wilding
Fourth Official: Gary Parsons

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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.

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We will have key updates throughout the game on Twitter and a detailed blog via the match centre.

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 (not available online).

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