19.08.22 Match Preview - Portsmouth v Rovers

Portsmouth is the next test for Rovers in League One as we look to bounce back from our midweek defeat against Barnsley.

Fratton Park is the venue for Saturday's clash against Portsmouth. Rovers make the trip to the South coast looking to pick up our third league victory of the season as well as looking to get back to winning ways following our 3-0 defeat at Oakwell in the week.

Manager's Preview 

Opposition View 

Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has said to portsmouthfc.co.uk that he and his side are expecting a tough test when the Gas head to Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon. 

“They had a rollercoaster of a season last year and have taken some of that confidence and momentum into the current campaign.

“There have been two wins from their first four games and some astute signings, with a good mix of youth and experience.

“I heard Joey Barton speak about his aspirations for them to be the first team in Bristol to reach the Premier League, so we know they’re ambitious.

“We anticipate a really tough game and I expect them to be competitive and organised. It’s a great challenge for us.”


Form Guide

Saturday's opponents are yet to taste defeat this season in League One and currently occupy third place in the table with two wins and two draws from their opening four games this season. In Portsmouth's last outing, a 4-1 win over Cambridge United at Fratton Park, saw Colby Bishop net his fourth goal of the season so far. 

Ref Watch

Gavin Ward is the Referee for Saturday's clash at Fratton Park. The last time Ward officiated a match involving Rovers was our 0-0 draw against Forest Green Rovers at The Mem last season. So far this season Ward has taken charge of one game in the Sky Bet League One with that game being Wycombe's 3-0 victory over Burton Albion on the opening day.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 18/5 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 25/1 to win the game 0-2. On the goalscorer markets, Harvey Saunders is priced at 12/1 to open the scoring, whilst Harry Anderson can be backed at 15/2 to score at any time throughout the clash at Fratton Park.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

How to Follow

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