The Sky TV cameras have Plymouth and Portsmouth centre-stage for the latest instalment of the Dockyards Derby and Guy Whittingham’s Pompey are fancied to continue their recent resurgence with an away win at Home Park.
The coastal clash has been priced up as a competitive betting heat with the Pilgrims narrow 6/4 favourites, their visitors 33/20 for the win and the draw priced up at 21/10.
It’s been five games since Plymouth last tasted victory.
John Sheridan’s men have been hapless of late, garnering a solitary success in their last eight outings in all competitions.
Things have been particularly miserable in the five fixtures since that last win, with the opposition claiming the spoils on four occasions.
Pompey snapped a two-game losing streak with a brace of victories in their last two outings.
Consecutive defeats represent something of a mini-crisis for pre-season promotion jollies like Portsmouth but victories over Rochdale and high-flying Oxford have them back on track.
The latter of those victories was achieved on their travels and the 2008 FA Cup winners have developed a knack of avoiding away defeats that has seen them lose just once in their last seven away outings.
They’ve turned their buccaneering up a notch in recent fixtures too with that Kassam Stadium success their second away win in three matches.
Plymouth have scored just twice in five home games in 2013/14.
The hosts may have bagged two victories in front of their own fans this season but both relied upon the opposition drawing a blank to land the odds by a margin of a goal to nil.
Such a record smacks of a side who toil when it comes to breaking down road-savvy operators and John Sheridan’s side could be tailor made for the dandy highwaymen getting changed in the away dressing room as a result.