Portsmouth v Tranmere - team news, likely line-ups and big-match odds

Pompey host newly-promoted Tranmere Rovers today as League One football returns to Fratton Park.

Saturday, 10th August 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 15th August 2019, 2:58 pm

Here’s all you need to know about the Blues’ game against last season’s League Two play-off final winners...

Pompey team news

Pompey welcome back Ross McCrorie and John Marquis for the visit of Tranmere Rovers to Fratton Park.

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Both missed the midweek Carabao Cup win against Birmingham, with McCrorie serving a one-match ban following his dismissal against Shrewsbury.

Marquis was absent after his fiancée went into labour.

Both face a battle to return to the starting line-up, though, with Ellis Harrison (2) and Ben Close both scoring in the 3-0 win over Brum.

James Bolton is a doubt for the visit of last season’s League Two play-off final winners, after twisting his ankle in the opening-day defeat at the hands of Shrews.

Pompey striker John Marquis

Bryn Morris (groin) and Ryan Williams (quad) remain on the sidelines.

Likely line-up

Craig MacGillivray, Anton Walkes, Paul Downing, Christian Burgess, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Ben Close, Marcus Harness, Andy Cannon, Ronan Curtis, John Marquis. Subs: Alex Bass, Brandon Haunstrup, Sean Raggett, Ross McCrorie, Bret Pitman, Gareth Evans, Ellis Harrison.

Tranmere team news

Connor Jennings Picture: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will start the first of a three-match suspension for Micky Mellon’s side.

The on-loan Villa forward was sent off for violent conduct in Rovers’ 3-2 defeat at Rochdale last weekend

Meanwhile, Jake Caprice will miss the trip to Fratton Park.

The right-back is sidelined with an ankle injury and will be out for at least the next five weeks.

Ishmael Miller will also be absent with a hamstring setback.

Corey Blackett-Taylor could return, though, after missing last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Rochdale with a slight setback.

Likely line-up

Scott Davies, Liam Ridehalgh, Sid Nelson, George Ray, Emmanuel Monthe, Kieron Morris, David Perkins, Oliver Banks, Conor Jennings, Jordan Ponticelli, Stefan Payne.

Subs: Luke Pilling, Calum Woods, Darren Potter, Harvey Gilmour, Paul Mullin, Corey Blackett-Taylor, Morgan Ferrier.

Match odds

Pompey: 8/13

1-0 11/2; 2-0 6/1; 2-113/2; 3-0 11/1; 3-2 25/1 4-0 22/1

Tranmere: 9/2

1-0 12/1; 2-0 28/1; 2-1 14/1; 3-0 90/1; 3-1 50/1; 4-0 200/1

Draw: 14/5

0-0 10/1; 1-1 6/1; 2-2 14/1; 3-3 66/1

Referee

Scott Oldham (Poulton-le-Fylde)

Other games

Today (3pm kick offs unless stated)

Bolton v Coventry City, Bristol Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers, Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham v Burton Albion, Ipswich Town v Sunderland, MK Dons v Shrewsbury, Oxford United v Peterborough United, Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United v Lincoln City, Southend United v Blackpool.

Head to head

Pompey (last season)

P62 W35 D16 L11

Top scorer: Jamal Lowe (17) – now at Wigan

Most assists: Ronan Curtis (15)

Most games: Matt Clarke (60) – now at Brighton

Tranmere (last season)

P58 W23 D17 L18

Top scorer: James Norwood (32) - now at Ipswich

Most assists: Connor Jennings (10)

Most Games: Connor Jennings (55)

Form guide

Pompey (including last season)

W 3-0 v Birmingham (H) Carabao Cup

L 0-1 v Shrewsbury (A) League One

D 0-0 v Sunderland (H) League One play-off semi-final first leg

L 0-1 v Sunderland (A) League One play-off semi-final second leg

D 1-1 v Accrington (H) League One

Tranmere (including last season)

L 2-3 v Rochdale (H) League One

W 1-0 v Newport County (A) League Two play-off final

D 1-1 v Forest Green (A) League Two play-off semi-final

W 1-0 v Forest Green (H) League Two play-off semi-final

L 1-3 v Crawley (A) League Two