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Preview: Rovers v Portsmouth

All the information you need ahead of this weekend's league clash

19 October 2017

Rovers and Portsmouth will meet for the first time in over seven years at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Tony Mowbray's men remain tenth in the League One standings following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Plymouth, still just two points off the play-offs and with two games in hand over five of the top six sides. Having conceded just 10 goals in the league so far this season, Rovers have the tightest defence outside of the top two going into Saturday's match. Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow Rovers subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

In his pre-match press conference, Rovers boss Mowbray revealed that Corry Evans and Paul Downing trained on Thursday, but won't make a decision on the duo's availability until Friday afternoon. Darragh Lenihan remains a long-term absentee. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups in the build-up to kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Promoted as champions of League Two last season, Pompey have quickly settled into life back in the third tier, winning or drawing more than half of their opening 14 league games. Kenny Jackett’s side have had mixed fortunes on the road though, suffering a heavy loss at Oxford, drawing at Wigan and winning at Wimbledon. Defeat at Doncaster last time out means, like Rovers, Pompey will be eager to get back to winning ways this weekend. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

As mentioned above, the two sides haven't met in any competition since April 2010. Our most recent game against Portsmouth at Ewood Park came in November 2009, when Rovers ran out 3-1 winners. Overall, the teams have faced off on 88 occasions, with Blackburn winning 38 and drawing 24 games. Our biggest victory in this fixture, a 6-0 triumph at Ewood, came during the 1927-28 season.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're heading to Ewood on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 

OTHER FIXTURES

Wimbledon v Plymouth, Blackpool v Wigan, Bradford v Charlton, Doncaster v Walsall, Gillingham v Northampton, MK Dons v Oldham, Oxford v Rotherham, Rochdale v Bristol Rovers, Scunthorpe v Peterborough, Shrewsbury v Fleetwood, Southend v Bury. All games kick-off at 3pm.


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