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Portsmouth 17/20 to beat Oxford in Sundays League One battle

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 24 Mar 2018

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Competition: League One

Market: Portsmouth to beat Oxford

Odds: 17/20 @ Bet365

Despite starting the season brightly, Kenny Jacket’s Portsmouth side now find themselves as outsiders to secure a playoff spot at the end of the season. On Sunday afternoon, Oxford, now under the guidance of Karl Robinson will travel to Fratton Park.

After coming up from League Two as champions last season, many believed that the former Premier League side could be in contention for back to back promotions. However, after starting the season brightly, Pompey have dropped off the pace and now find themselves outside of the top six. Now sat eighth in the League One table, Kenny Jacket’s side are five points adrift of Plymouth in sixth, if Pompey do want to mount a late playoff push they will have to start picking up points quickly. While they may be on a seven-match winless run at Fratton Park, Portsmouth still look favorites to come past an Oxford side in transition. Portsmouth will be reliant on forward Brett Pitman, the Pompey striker now has 16 goals this season, the second best in League One.

As for Oxford, the City are a club going through a transition period at the moment. With a huge influx coming courtesy of being brought out by a Thai based consortium, Oxford now hope that former Charlton and MK Dons boss Karl Robinson will be the man to lead them to the Championship. However, as for this season, Oxford will have to settle for a mid-table finish. After an eighth pace finish last season, Oxford now only remain six points adrift of the drop zone and are 12 points adrift of the top six. Knowing the importance of finding some stability before the start of next season, Oxford will need to improve on their recent form. Robinson’s new side have only won one out of their last seven, losing five of those.

Bet: Portsmouth to beat Oxford in Sundays League One Battle 17/20 @ Bet365>>

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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