Oxford United vs Portsmouth
English League One
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: The Kassam Stadium (Oxford).
Leaders Portsmouth ended a four-win thread with a surprising home defeat to mid-table Blackpool last weekend. Pompeys were the dominant side on the pitch on the occasion, but just failed to convert in front of rivals’ goal and were punished by a 74th-minute difference-maker from Blackpool’s substitute Christopher Long.
Kenny Jackett’s men are still four points clear at the top of the standings since Luton Town and Sunderland shared spoils in a 1-1 draw in their direct clash on the same Matchday at The Stadium of Light. Can Portsmouth return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon when they travel to The Kassam Stadium to take on relegation strugglers Oxford United?
Oxford United vs Portsmouth: Head-to-head
The hosts will rely on the head to head tradition in matches against Pompeys.
The U’s won 8, drew 6 and lost 6 of 20 ties with Portsmouth.
Oxfored United were particularly better in games at The Kassam Stadium where they won 6, drew 2 and lost 2 of 10 against Pompeys.
Portsmouth, however, claimed a demolishing 4-1 victory at their Fratton Park when they first met the U’s in this term of the competition.
Oxford United vs Portsmouth: Prediction
The hosts are winless in last five league outings which is why they fell down into the red zone coming into this tie with table-toppers. On the bright side, Karl Robinson’s side ended a thread of three successive defeats by holding 10th-placed Fleetwood Town to a 2-2 draw seven days ago. Striker Jamie Mackie was the catalyst for the comeback after the team was two goals down at the half time.
The Scottish forward came on as a sub at the start of the second half and delivered an assist and a goal each to help the U’s save a precious point at Highbury Stadium. Nevertheless, the hosts still revealed plenty of defensive holes. They shipped two or more goals in four of past five matches and we can hardly see them holding the leaders down here.
Portsmouth to win & score two or more goals along is our betting recommendation here.
Oxford United vs Portsmouth: Bet Tips
Portsmouth to win @ 2.15 (23/20)
Portsmouth Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.25 (5/4).