League One, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 from Fratton Park
A lack of consistency has hampered Portsmouth’s climb through the League One table, following their promotion from the level below last term. They sit 13th in the pile, struggling to put a run of wins together, but are currently just three points off Charlton and the top-six play-off places.
Kenny Jackett’s side will be looking to close the gap on Saturday when enjoying home advantage over MK Dons, an opponent ranked one place below them in the charts, but level on 17 points. There’s nothing between these sides on paper. Follow our professional predictions and betting tips to find out who has the edge.
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Team News – Portsmouth
Win-lose-win-lose-win. Pompey’s last five league starts sums up how their season has gone so far, but there’s plenty to build on and another victory could see them mixing it in the prize places. A title win already looks beyond them, leaders Shrewsbury out in front, 13 points better off, with Wigan nipping away at their heels. That means a play-off finish looks the best Portsmouth can hope for, but that remains very much in their grasp going into a busy autumn.
The home side were last seen at this level getting the desired result, beating Gillingham 1-0 away from home last weekend. The pair went into the half-time break locked at 0-0, but it was Portsmouth who reacted first in the second period, Matthew Kennedy sweeping up after Curtis Main hit the post. That goal came inside 60 seconds of the re-start, piling pressure on The Gills, who have endured a nightmare start to the season. The beaten side failed to register a shot on target, despite being at home.
Pompey’s last two league wins have come to nil, and although they’ll have a job on their hands continuing that trend here, those with confidence in the home dressing room can take their chances. Portsmouth to nil trades at 11/5, best price when getting your money down at Boylesports. The straight home win can be added to betting tips and predictions at 10/11 with Coral, which appears to be the general feeling in the betting ring.
Team News – MK Dons
While their opponents were beating Gillingham, MK Dons suffered their fifth defeat of the season, ending an impressive unbeaten run in the process. The visitors go into this tie having won three and drawn one of their last five, those positives coming against Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon and Bury, the draw a goalless finish at home to Northampton. A return to winning ways here should place them firmly in the top-10.
Despite that purple patch, Dons were on the wrong side of a hammering last time out, beaten 4-1 by Bradford in front of their own fans. Getting the better of The Bantams was always going to be a big ask, but they saw their slim hopes of upsetting the odds evaporate when Tshibola was sent off inside five minutes. Stuart McCall’s side took full advantage, scoring through Vincelot, Wyke and Taylor, Ebanks-Landell firing a consolation.
Robbie Neilson would have been angry at giving away the points, but he’ll take it on the chin and dust himself down, ensuring his boys do the same. MK Dons scored last time out despite only having 10 men on the park. They are a solid 8/15 with Sportingbet to hit the net at least once here. That’s more likely than the away win, which has been chalked up as a 31/10 outsider at 888Sport.
Portsmouth vs MK Dons – League One Tips and Betting Predictions
There’s not a lot between these teams in the stats, and I think that will be evident in how this match is played. Both sides are capable of winning the points, but I don’t expect a flood of goals here. Portsmouth are difficult to break down on their own patch, and we’re going with no in the both teams to score market at 19/20 (Bet Victor). That’s best price if you’re in, and stands as the NAP of our betting tips.
A strong play, but the odds are far from romantic. That’s why, as always, we like to give an alternative from the correct score field, one carrying a bigger price. 1-0 Portsmouth is 6/1 at Bet Victor, and we’ll put that forward as the next best of our predictions. Joint favourite, which comes as little surprise. Good luck if you follow our thinking.
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