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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Plymouth's away record gives them a chance at Pompey

Little to choose between promotion-chasers

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
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Sky Sports 1, 2.30pm Friday

Naval rivals Portsmouth and Plymouth have been making waves all season in Sky Bet League Two, although the prices look all at sea for this table-topping cracker at a sold-out Fratton Park.

Dockyard pride is at stake when these two clash and bookmakers are convinced third-placed Pompey can halt the Pilgrims’ progress towards automatic promotion.

Paul Cook’s side – in third place – are hot favourites to beat Plymouth, who are one place and four points better off, but their price looks short.

Portsmouth are on a roll with six wins in their last seven matches, but they were all achieved against sides outside the top nine in the table. The one defeat came at Stevenage.

And Plymouth, who pipped Pompey in the playoffs last season, boast a great away record.

They have won at current top-nine outfits Doncaster, Stevenage, Exeter, Blackpool and Cambridge while drawing 1-1 at Luton, and the win at promoted Donny was just three weeks ago.

The Devon mob are a physical side who play on the counter-attack and it’s possible that Pompey’s attacking style will play into their hands.

A tight contest is anticipated – the last six showdowns between them have featured four one-goal wins and two draws – and a point apiece would definitely represent a good afternoon’s work for both clubs given the edge they have over the chasing pack.

If the match is all-square deep into the second half, don’t expect many gambles from either camp.

The Plymouth and draw double chance looks a fair bet.

Recommendation
Plymouth & draw double chance
3pts 11-8 BoyleSports


Team news
Portsmouth
Eoin Doyle and Noel Hunt are still sidelined.

Plymouth
Centre-back Jakub Sokolik has recovered from a hip injury.

Key stat
Plymouth have taken 16 points from seven games at top-ten sides.

Portsmouth are on a roll with six wins in their last seven matches, but they were all achieved against sides outside the top nine in the table
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