Competition: League One
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 5/6 @ Bet 365
In what could be a lively contest on the South Coast this week, Portsmouth will welcome a free-scoring Oxford to Fratton Park on Friday evening.
Starting with the hosts, last seen back in March when playing out a 2-2 draw with Fleetwood at Fratton Park, the Blues will be looking to refined their touch when they make a return this week. Eventually having to settle for a play-off spot after collecting just 10 points out of a possible 21 over their last seven League One matchups, they hade managed to land just a sole clean sheet in any of their previous seven matchups across all competitions and had shipped a pair of strikes in their last three contests on the bounce. However, there is no doubt that Head Coach Kenny Jackett should still be boosted by Pompey’s stunning record on the South Coast. Remarkably, the Blues are yet to taste third-tier defeat at Fratton Park since April 2019, a stunning 20-match unbeaten run.
As for the visitors, last seen at Shrewsbury back in March when coming from two goals down to snatch a dramatic win on the road, Oxford would have been disappointed to have seen the League One season cut short. Continuing to catch the eye prior to the break, the Yellows found themselves enjoying a glitter five-match inning run and really showing a clinical edge in the final third. Including a 5-0 romp away at Accrington Stanley earlier in the year, Oxford finished the campaign with 61 League One strikes, the best attacking return of any side in England’s third-tier. In a contest that famously produces chances at both ends of the pitch, each of the last four meetings between the promotion chasers have seen both teams find the net by the final whistle and we’re backing a similar outcome on Friday evening.
Bet: Both teams to score at Portsmouth vs Oxford United 5/6 for Friday’s League One play-off tie @ Bet 365
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