Portsmouth vs Rochdale preview
Last Updated: 12/04/19 10:37am
Andy Cannon could come back into contention for Portsmouth's League One clash with his former club Rochdale.
The midfielder has not played for the first team since suffering a thigh injury nearly three months ago but managed 70 minutes of a reserve game on Tuesday and came through unscathed.
Bryn Morris also played in that game having returned to the first-team squad as an unused substitute for last weekend's victory over Wycombe following a groin problem. Dion Donohue (groin), Luke McGee (hand) and Viv Solomon-Otabor (calf) are all likely to miss out again.
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Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy could stick with the same side that defeated Accrington on Tuesday. That result continued Dale's fine form under Barry-Murphy and lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Barry-Murphy selected Jimmy Keohane ahead of Joe Bunney but then replaced Keohane at half-time with Ethan Hamilton. Zach Clough was an unused substitute as he returned to the matchday squad for the first time in five games after injury and he is pushing for involvement, while Rekeil Pyke (hamstring) is closing in on a return.
Portsmouth are unbeaten in their four previous league games against Rochdale at Fratton Park (W3 D1), winning each of the last three, keeping a clean sheet in each win.
Rochdale have only won once against Portsmouth in 10 games in all competitions (D2 L7), a 3-0 home victory in March 2014.
Portsmouth are looking to win five successive league games in a single season for the first time since April 2014.
After losing four successive league games, Rochdale have lost just one of the last six (W3 D2).
Rochdale have conceded more headed goals (20) and goals (79) than any other side in League One this season.