Portsmouth’s hopes of Championship football next season look bleak and the arrival of a resurgent Millwall at Fratton Park this evening could see the hosts bleed goals once again.
Five points adrift and with the prospect of slipping down to League One growing increasingly likely, Pompey are a side seemingly resigned to their fate, with just two wins in 13 league games.
Worse still, they come into this match on the back of one of their worst results at home in recent times, a 5-1 demolition at the hands of an out-of-sorts Burnley team.
Admittedly, Michael Appleton’s men recovered from that thumping in admirable style as they grabbed a 2-2 draw against Southampton in Saturday’s pulsating south-coast derby at St Mary’s.
But the arrival of Millwall could spell further doom, with the Lions enjoying an improved run of results over the last few weeks, particularly on the road.
Kenny Jackett’s team have lost just one of their last seven games away from the New Den and are available at odds of 9/5 to win at Fratton Park.
Attack appears to have been the best form of defence for the London club of late, with eight of their last nine away games featuring three or more goals.
Five of Millwall’s last nine away games have featured four or more goals, while there have been 29 goals plundered in Pompey’s last five league outings.
Backing a repeat here with over 2.5 combined goals scored could prove fruitful, with odds of 23/20 available on this outcome.
However, I would live a little bit more dangerously and back over 3.5 goals to be scored here.
After all, five of Millwall’s last nine away games have featured four or more goals, while there have been 29 goals plundered in Pompey’s last five league outings.
Having a punt on over 3.5 goals being scored offers odds of 13/5, which translates to winnings of £90 for anyone utilising bwin’s free £25 bet bet for registering.
Those confident in Jackett’s men could also plump for a win for the Londoners with over combined 3.5 goals scored, which, at odds of 19/2, is worth a small punt at the very least.
Failing that, backing the visitors to keep a clean sheet could prove a good side bet. The Lions have conceded just one goal in their last four league games, making 11/5 on Pompey drawing a blank here worth considering.
Portsmouth may be coming into this game in indifferent form but they remain available at 29/20 to win, with the draw priced up at 11/5 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
And if Pompey do get on the scoresheet, it could well come in the first half. They have scored at least once in the first half of their last three Championship games and combined with goals conceded, each of these matches has featured exactly two first-half strikes.
At odds of 37/20, backing over 1.5 goals in the first half could make for a nice banker bet to provide a great poster-Easter bonus.
Over 3.5 combined goals to be scored @13/5
Millwall to win with over 3.5 combined goals scored @ 19/2
Over 1.5 first-half goals @ 37/20
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