Both Portsmouth and Coventry head into their meeting at Fratton Park this weekend languishing in the bottom half of the Championship table and struggling for form.
The Sky Blues are in worse shape as they currently sit 23rd, only kept off the bottom of the table by a superior goal difference to Doncaster.
Andy Thorn’s men have failed to win any of their past eight league games, a run which stretches back to the middle of October, when they beat Nottingham Forest.
Portsmouth have fared slightly better in recent weeks and although they find themselves 19th in the table, most of their problems have been on the road.
They have won three of their past four home matches, with the other being last weekend’s creditable 1-1 draw with improving Leicester.
A Championship table based just on second-half performances would have Pompey in the dizzy heights of third place. On the other hand, Coventry have only managed a measly three goals after half-time in their away matches.
In fact, Pompey are unbeaten at Fratton Park since September and they look well placed to edge this game. The hosts are priced at odds of 3/4 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market for the match, with the draw at 49/20 and a Coventry win available at 7/2.
For better value, I’d look at the double result of new Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton getting his first win at the club after a drawn first half, which is priced at a tempting 15/4.
So far this season, the home team have only scored a fifth of their goals in the first half, while six of their nine matches in front of their own fans have been level at the interval.
On top of that, a Championship table based just on second-half performances would have Pompey in the dizzy heights of third place. On the other hand, Coventry have only managed a measly three goals after half-time in their away matches.
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Along the same lines, a bet that interests me is for there to be more goals in the second half than the first at 23/20. A total of 54 of the 85 goals that have hit the back of the net in matches involving these two this season have arrived after the break.
If you want to have a bet on the scoreline, I feel Pompey could just edge it and win 2-1, which is priced at 29/4.
Despite only winning one of the last ten games, Coventry have scored in eight of these and with seven-goal hitman Lukas Jutkiewicz on the pitch, they should be good enough to score in an eventual defeat.
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