After denting Birmingham’s play-off hopes last week with a huge 4-1 win, their first in nine games, Portsmouth reverted to type as they fell to defeat at relegation rivals Coventry City on Saturday.
Against a struggling Hull City side, however, they will hope for another victory which could lift them off the foot of the Championship this evening, depending on second-bottom Doncaster’s result at Crystal Palace.
The odds on a Pompey triumph in bwin’s 3Way football betting market are 7/4 and with Hull without a win in three games and picking up just one maximum return from their last nine outings, that doesn’t seem too unlikely.
Yet despite their poor run, the Tigers will fancy their chances of grabbing all three points and they are priced at 8/5 for an away win which would reinvigorate their play-off push.
Hull did earn a win on the road at Cardiff recently and the 3-0 result from that day a fortnight ago proves that they are capable of scoring even after a long trip down south.
And history suggests that Hull, and their hosts, will score more than a few tonight, given that each of their last six meetings at Fratton Park have seen over 2.5 goals.
Therefore, a bet on over 2.5 goals in this one must be worth a look and is given tempting odds of 13/10.
Punters using their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome would win £57.50 if the two sides do indeed serve up at least three goals on the south coast.
The two most recent results between the sides at Fratton Park finished 3-2, once in favour of the home side and once in the favour of the travelling Tigers.
A bet on another 3-2 scoreline this week could prove valuable, with odds of 40/1 for Pompey to enjoy that scoreline or 35/1 for Hull to finish up 3-2 victors.
Completing the 3Way odds is the draw and with these two each having drawn ten times in the league this season, odds of 2/1 on stalemate number 11 on Tuesday could find some support.
Recommended bet: Three or more goals in Portsmouth v Hull @ 13/10
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