Norwich vs Portsmouth
England- FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 5th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Carrow Road (Norwich).
We can see a match between the top teams in the second and third tier of English club football on Saturday. Norwich City will be playing their first FA Cup match this season as they welcome Portsmouth to home soil.
The Canaries are having a great season in the Championship this season. They are just 2 points shy of leaders Leeds United credit to their great attacking talent. The Yellow’s have one of the best striking force scoring a total of 48 goals so far.
But they lost their winning mentality lately as they are winless in 3 matches. More than 2.5 goals were scored in total in 3 of their last 5 matches across all venues. Clean sheets are hard to come by for the team from Norfolk. A 6 match unbeaten run at home which had a 5 match win streak ended with a defeat against Derby last week.
No clean sheets were recorded in any of the previous 5 matches in front of their home crowd. All those games had a final score with more than 2.5 goals also.
Portsmouth is another side who are enjoying success in their league season. Currently, they are at the top of the League One table with a clear 5 point lead over their nearest rivals Luton Town.
Pompey is presently on a 2 game win streak in the league and has won 3 of their last 5 matches. A total of over 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of those 5 matches. Away form of the visitors is also similar with 3 wins in the recent 5 games on the road.
They started off the FA Cup season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Maidenhead. This was followed by a tough 1-0 victory over Rochdale. So this upcoming match will test their morale for facing pressure.
Norwich vs Portsmouth: Head-to-head
- Portsmouth has won 2 and lost only once in the last 5 h2h matches against this opposition.
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in last 3 encounters between them.
- Both teams have a win each in the last 5 h2h played at the home of the Canaries.
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of those 5 matches.
Norwich vs Portsmouth: Prediction
The home side has been prolific at home with a 5 match win streak recently. But even after those defeats, they are second in their league table. So the Championship team will have an edge over their rivals for Saturday. But cup games always have an element of surprise.
More than 2.5 goals were scored in 6 of the last 7 home games played by Norwich. The last away game played by Portsmouth also had a similar scoreline. Based on this recent flurry of goals I think it will be safe to bet on a high scoring match even though h2h stats say otherwise. Thus a bet can be placed on over 2.5 goals with 1.75 odd.
There is no doubt that both teams are in great scoring form. The hosts have scored in the last 7 home games irrespective of the result. The same can be seen in 9 of the last 10 matches on the road for Pompey. Thus we can safely bet on both teams scoring with 1.70 odd.
Norwich vs Portsmouth: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.75 (3/4).
Both teams to score @ 1.70 (7/10).