Match preview: Pompey v Bristol Rovers – News

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There are the dramatic final days of the season – and then there is how Bristol Rovers secured promotion last season.

They needed to pick up all three points in May and capitalize on a five-goal swing to propel Northampton into the automatic last spot.

That seemed unlikely with the Cobblers enjoying a 3-1 victory, only for Gas to crush seven unanswered goals past Scunthorpe already relegated.

This ensured that their stay in English football’s basement would be limited to a single campaign.

Joey Barton’s men have had a mixed start to the season, with two wins and two losses – including Tuesday night’s setback at Barnsley.

They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round after losing to Ligue 2 side Crawley.

Rovers have only won twice at Fratton Park and their most recent success was in 1975.

The last clash was a Ligue 1 affair in April 2021, with Ronan Curtis scoring the only goal on the south coast.


TEAM NEWS
Denver Hume, Joe Morrell and skipper Clark Robertson have all returned to full training and could feature.

That leaves Jayden Reid (hamstring) as the only member of Danny Cowley’s team currently in the treatment room.

John Marquis could play against his former club after making a summer move to Bristol Rovers from Lincoln.

The visitors are missing James Gibbons (foot) but Josh Grant will likely be available after missing the midweek trip to Barnsley.


VIEW OF THE DRESSING ROOM
Read Danny Cowley and Josh Griffiths’ pre-game thoughts.


FACE-TO-FACE
Globally
Pompey: 24 victories
Bristol Rovers: 12 wins
10 prints

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 16 victories
Bristol Rovers: 2 wins
4 draws


TICKETS
There is now extremely limited availability for Saturday’s game, so click here to reserve your spot.

Please note that there is no train service to Portsmouth stations due to national railway strikes. Click here to read a full matchday guide.


OFFICIALS
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: George Byrne and Greg Read
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler


MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Paul Robinson by logging into their account and visiting the Match Center from around 2pm on Saturday.

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

Click here for more information on using iFollow on a matchday and click here for more information on downloading the app, so you can access the content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match center. You can also view behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram Story.

There will be post-match reactions on the website and on our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear the commentary by tuning into BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.


BET
Pompey is the 7/10 favorite with VBET to secure the three points, while the visitors can be backed at 7/2.

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ALSO IN LIGUE 1
Kick-off for all matches at 3 p.m.

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Bolton v Sheffield on Wednesday
Burton v Port Vale
Charlton v Cambridge
Exeter v Cheltenham
Fleetwood v Derby
Forest Green v Plymouth
MK Dons vs. Accrington
Oxford v Morecambe
Peterborough vs. Lincoln
Shrewsbury v Ipswich


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