Argyle v Portsmouth - Ready Reckoner
ARGYLE v Portsmouth.
Pilgrims v Pompey.
The 12th Dockyard Derby in the last five years.
5th v 7th
The last time the two teams met, in November at Fratton Park, the Pilgrims went down to a 1-0 defeat that left Portsmouth seventh in the Sky Bet League One table and Argyle bottom after 20 matches.
Since then, the Pilgrims have picked up an incredible 46 points from their next 20 matches, which has seen them move into the League One play-off places. Pompey have earned a respectable 33 points from their subsequent 21 games.
Pompey have won only once at Home Park in their last six attempts, which came at the start of the 2015-16 season.
The Pilgrims have picked up 11 wins out of their last 12 home league games; Pompey have picked up 26 points from their 20 away games this season, winning eight, drawing two and losing ten, conceding 31 goals in the process.
Pompey boast League One’s second-top scorer in the division – Brett Pitman, who has scored 21 of their 54 goals this season. He has consistently scored throughout the campaign earning him Sky Bet League One’s player of the month for September. Argyle’s Graham Carey won the award the following month having scored or assisted all five of Argyle’s goals.
With more than 14,000 crammed into Home Park on Saturday, the latest naval engagement is set to be another cracker at the Theatre of Greens
To help you plan your day, we are offering the following advice:
THE game is SOLD OUT. There are no more tickets available to purchase. Please do not come to Home Park if you do not have a ticket.
THE match kicks off at 3pm. However, it would help you, and us, if you could please arrive early and ease the anticipated pressure on the Home Park turnstiles.
USE public transport, whenever possible.
FREE car-parking is available adjacent to the ground, but this will fill up very early. Street parking in the area is available, but please take care to note local restrictions.
TURNSTILES at the top end of Home Park, in the art deco façade, are NOT open. The Mayflower grandstand is accessible through turnstiles to the left of the façade as you face it.
TURNSTILES at Devonport end, Lyndhurst and Barn Park end all open at 1.30pm.
SUPPORTERS will be searched on entry to Home Park. This will include the use of search wands.
THE Family Zone for All is NOT open for the game.
THE Disabled Stand is closed. If you need to make alternative arrangements, please contact the club.
PLEASE make sure you sit in the seat that corresponds to the number on your ticket. Tickets will be rigorously checked to ensure this.Anyone found in a seat or an area where they should not be will be ejected from the ground.
THE Superstore at Home Park will also be open from 9am on match-day.
THE award-winning Pilgrim match-day Programme, costing £3, will be on sale.
THE Tribute Legends Lounge is open to the public from 5.30pm after the game, when the Liverpool v Bournemouth Premier League match will be shown, followed by the Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City game at 7.45pm. Sponsored by Tower Cabs.
PLEASE note, it is a criminal offence to enter a sports ground whilst drunk and to bring alcohol into the ground. Anyone trying to enter Home Park whilst drunk will be refused entry and anyone found attempting to bring alcohol into the ground will be handed to the police. There is a three-year football banning order linked to these offences.
IT is also a criminal offence to enter the field of play.Pitch incursions pose a threat to the safety of players, officials and spectators and will result in the Pilgrims being disciplined by the Football Association. Such incidents have resulted in clubs being charged and subsequently fined up to £200,000 by Regulatory Commissions.
THE following articles must not be brought into the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Anyone found to be in possession of any of these articles inside the ground could face a criminal prosecution and will receive an immediate and indefinite banning order from Home Park.