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Preview: Portsmouth v Rovers

Mowbray's men return to league action at Fratton Park on Tuesday night

12 February 2018

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Rovers will look to keep the pressure on the top two with victory at play-off-chasing Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers recovered from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against Oldham, a result which saw the Blues gain a point on the top two. Tony Mowbray's men currently sit third in the standings, one point behind second-placed Shrewsbury having played a game more. Rovers have now scored 56 league goals so far this season, conceding 31 times at the other end, with Bradley Dack, Danny Graham and Charlie Mulgrew leading the way with 12 strikes apiece. Kick-off against Portsmouth is scheduled for 7.45pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

Darragh Lenihan could be named in the squad for the first time since the opening day, after coming through 90 minutes for the Under-23s last week. Elsewhere, midfield duo Ben Gladwin and Marcus Antonsson have trained and may also be in contention. Tuesday's game is expected to come too soon for Peter Whittingham, while Harry Chapman is around a month away from a return. Mowbray is expected to provide a further update during his pre-match press conference. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via rovers.co.uk and our official social media accounts on matchday. 

OUR OPPONENTS

Portsmouth are in eighth the standings, three points outside the play-offs with 46 from their 31 games so far in 2017-18. Our midweek opponents are managed by the experienced Kenny Jackett, and won 2-1 at MK Dons on their last league outing, their first victory in five games. Pompey have scored 38 and conceded 36 league goals this season, with Brett Pitman (14) their top scorer in all competitions.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

Rovers will be backed by around 800 fans at Fratton Park! If you're heading to the south coast, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers - we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages.

OTHER FIXTURES

There's a full set of League One fixtures taking place on Tuesday, here are the other games: Bristol Rovers v Rochdale, Bury v Southend, Charlton v Bradford, Fleetwood v Shrewsbury, Northampton v Gillingham, Oldham v MK Dons, Peterborough v Scunthorpe, Plymouth v Wimbledon, Rotherham v Oxford, Walsall v Doncaster, Wigan v Blackpool. All games kick off at 7.45pm.


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