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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

17 March 2023

Bristol Rovers v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Pompey

All you need to know about League One contest

17 March 2023

Pompey have certainly racked up the motorway miles over the past fortnight – and now have their fourth away game in five fixtures.

But after treks to Cambridge, Barnsley and Accrington, it is a relatively short journey to Bristol Rovers on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Their opponents are currently sitting comfortably in 14th position – nine points behind the Blues after 36 fixtures.

Joey Barton’s side were also in action earlier in the week, with a three-match unbeaten run ended by a 2-0 defeat to Wycombe at the Memorial Stadium.

It stretched their winless home run to six games in all competitions, although there have been respectable draws with Ipswich and Barnsley in that period.

The Pirates are playing at this level after dramatically securing the final League Two automatic promotion spot on the final day of last season.

They had to win by five more goals than Northampton – and did exactly that, courtesy of a 7-0 rout of Scunthorpe.

It finished 3-1 to Pompey when the sides met at Fratton Park back in August, with Connor Ogilvie, Joe Pigott and Owen Dale all on target.

TEAM NEWS
With Jay Mingi and Clark Robertson both returning to fitness, it leaves Ronan Curtis (knee), Marlon Pack (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin) as the only injured players.

But Joe Pigott will now begin a three-match ban after the club opted not to appeal his red card at Accrington.

Paul Coutts (knee) and Sim Finley (illness) are both missing for the hosts, who have stripped Aaron Collins of the captaincy.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of John Mousinho and Matt Macey ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 25 wins
Bristol Rovers: 12 wins
10 draws

On the road
Pompey: 8 wins
Bristol Rovers: 10 wins
6 draws

TICKETS
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for the game and none will be available to buy on the day.

Click here for a guide to visiting the Memorial Stadium that has been produced by the home club.

OFFICIALS
Referee: James Bell
Assistants: Ian Cooper and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Alan Young

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.

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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).

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

Tonight
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton (7.45pm)

Saturday
Lincoln v Peterborough (1pm)
Accrington v MK Dons
Cambridge v Charlton
Cheltenham v Exeter
Derby v Fleetwood
Ipswich v Shrewsbury
Morecambe v Oxford
Plymouth v Forest Green
Port Vale v Burton
Wycombe v Barnsley

LAST MEETING


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