Kick Off: 1430, 14/04/2017
Stadium: Fratton Park
TV: Sky Sports 1
There will be another bumper crowd at Fratton Park on Friday as Portsmouth play host to south-coast rivals Plymouth with both clubs pushing to secure automatic promotion from League Two.
With five games left to go, Argyle are second to Doncaster in the table, four points clear of Pompey, who are in turn eight ahead of fourth-placed Luton and nine above Stevenage after their 4-0 loss at Colchester.
A draw would edge each team closer to League One and 3/1 for that outcome is the first of our Portsmouth vs Plymouth betting tips.
A Look At Portsmouth’s Betting Odds
Having flattered to deceive for much of the season, Portsmouth have found top gear at just the right time, with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of Yeovil giving them a sixth win in seven games.
“We’re in a great position,” said Jamal Lowe, who came off the bench to net his first goal for the club in that latest victory. “It’s a nice feeling when you get three points and see someone else slip up, but we’re just focusing on ourselves.”
With more than 60 per cent of the possession and 18 shots to five, Pompey dominated that clash and made it 17 goals scored in the recent run of wins. Odds of 11/10 for both teams to hit the target here take the eye.
A Look At Plymouth’s Betting Odds
Plymouth have also been going along nicely enough of late, with a 2-1 triumph at Crawley helping to give them 16 points from eight games since the start of March.
The Pilgrims have been more workmanlike than spectacular during that period, with only nine goals scored, but they will take heart from beating Pompey in the play-offs last season and already drawing 2-2 at home this term.
In fact, the even nature of this contest is highlighted by their nine head-to-head meetings over the past three and a half campaigns, with Plymouth claiming three wins, Portsmouth two and four draws – with only one of those encounters settled by more than one clear goal.
Looking at the Portsmouth vs Plymouth odds, 19/1 for a third 2-2 scoreline in the last four tussles has value appeal.
PORTSMOUTH 3-1 Yeovil – Gareth Evans (pen), Kal Naismith, Jamal Lowe
Crawley 1-2 PLYMOUTH – Graham Carey (pen), Ryan Taylor
Head-to-head: Plymouth 2-2 Portsmouth, Plymouth 1-0 Portsmouth, Portsmouth 2-2 Plymouth, Portsmouth 1-2 Plymouth, Plymouth 1-2 Portsmouth.