Off The Line Preview: Pompey v Doncaster Rovers

Fan Hub partner Off The Line previews Pompey’s clash against Doncaster Rovers with the Blues looking for back-to-back league wins.

You can read their full Sky Bet League One weekend preview here.

Portsmouth will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the league as they entertain Doncaster Rovers at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth bounced back from a 3-2 defeat to Oxford United last week and ended a six-match run without a victory on Tuesday night when they were 2-1 winners against Burton.

They capitalised on some poor Burton defending, but will matter little as they got a key three points. Sean Raggett was given so much freedom to head home the first goal from a set piece, before Michael Jacobs harried the Burton defence and won the ball back in the opposition box.

Marcus Harness has been missing in recent weeks, with Danny Cowley saying he needs a rest after being mentally and physically drained. They still struggled defensively, however, giving Burton a platform to come back into the game after Ahadme pulled one back.

They need to cut that part of the game out if they want to build up any momentum going into next season, and indeed in the event they still remain ambitious for a play-off spot in the later-half of this campaign.

Doncaster have managed to beat Sunderland and MK Dons in their last two away league games. In midweek, they were beaten 1-0 by Ipswich and although they were played off the park in the first-half, they improved in the second-half without managing to score.

Reo Griffiths impressed last Saturday on his full debut after arriving on Deadline Day from Lyon. The former Tottenham youngster was brilliant and took his goal well. McSheffrey’s side continues to impress for halves, however they can’t manage to make it last longer than fourty five minutes. Doncaster have reverted to more of a 4-4-2 formation of late, with Ademipo Odubeko playing up front with the afore mentioned Griffiths.

Prediction: Portsmouth 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
Portsmouth will just have too much for Doncaster, with them running out narrow winners here. They will be victorious 2-1, having to do it the hard way coming from behind, but a result that finally ends their wait to get back on track in their ascent for the top six.

One to Watch: Michael Jacobs – Portsmouth midfielder Michael Jacobs was excellent in midweek. He pressed excellently for his goal and will be needed this weekend to help win the midfield battle.

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