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Rochdale will visit Fratton Park on Friday for the League One meeting with home team Portsmouth.
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Portsmouth are hoping to win again following the 1-2 League One triumph over Shrewsbury Town.
For Portsmouth, the goalscorers were Marcus Harness (25') and John Marquis (36'). Nathanael Ogbeta (52') scored for Shrewsbury Town.
It’s been all too rare in recent games where Portsmouth have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Pompey have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 9 goals during that time.
Going into this one, Portsmouth have not lost a league tie with Rochdale in their previous 7 games.
In their previous game, Rochdale drew 3-3 in the League One match with Peterborough United.
For Rochdale, goals were scored by Stephen Humphrys (55'), Jake Beesley (87') and Jimmy Keohane (90'). Siriki Dembélé (5'), Sammie Szmodics (45') and Jonson Clarke-Harris (93') scored for Peterborough United.
Looking at their form, and Rochdale have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, conceding 12 goals overall. In defence, The Dale have some weaknesses to address. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, of course.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head meetings stretching back to 07/04/2018 shows that these encounters have not been good ones for Rochdale. They have not managed to get any wins at all while Portsmouth have managed to find a way, winning in 67% of those matches.
A sum of 21 goals were produced between them in this period, with 16 of them for Pompey and 5 for The Dale. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.5.
The last league game between these sides was League One match day 2 on 20/09/2020 when it ended Rochdale 0-0 Portsmouth.
The referee was Michael Salisbury.
Team News: Portsmouth
Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match thanks to a completely healthy group available to choose from. Jack Whatmough is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Rochdale
Thanks to a completely injury-free group available to choose from, Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy has zero fitness concerns to speak of coming into this game.
Our thinking is that Portsmouth can score more than once when they play Rochdale, who will not find it easy to break down their defence.
We’re therefore expecting to see a pretty comfortable 2-0 win for Portsmouth at the conclusion of the game.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Fratton Park (20,620)
Captain: Tom Naylor
Chairman: Michael Eisner
Manager: Danny Cowley
Competitions: League One position 5
⭐ Star Man: John Marquis
Mostly played in the Striker position, John Marquis was born in Lewisham, England. Having made his senior debut playing for Millwall in the 2009 - 2010 season, the dangerous Forward has netted 14 league goals in this League One 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 33 appearances.