Portsmouth vs Barnsley Prediction & Match Preview

Portsmouth vs Barnsley
England – FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Fratton Park (Portsmouth).

Contrary to the usual, a team from the lower division is the favorite in this encounter. Portsmouth have the home advantage, are on red-hot form, have dominated this opponent in recent h2h clashes (especially so at home), and finally Barnsley have had a total of two wins on the road this season. Likely, the upper hand goes to Portsmouth.

Portsmouth vs Barnsley Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Four of the former six wins went to Portsmouth.
  • In the last twenty years, only once have a team on the road recorded a win.
  • Four of the previous six matches at this venue ended in wins for the hosts.
  • Five of the last six encounters at this stadium saw Barnsley failing to score.

Portsmouth vs Barnsley Match Preview

The two teams were competitors in the the League One the last season, and were locked in a fierce run for promotion.

At the end of the exhausting campaign, the teams were separated by just three points, but Barnsley got a direct-entry into the Championship due to their top-two finish, while their counterparts had to go through the playoffs.

In the playoffs, Portsmouth were eliminated in the semis, and thus, despite being in deficit to Barnsley by just three points, they got stuck in the third division.

This sense of hurt would probably play a big role this weekend in determining the outcome of the game.

Portsmouth vs Barnsley Prediction

Portsmouth were on the road in the third round, and had taken on Fleetwood. The competitive outing saw the guests progress to the fourth round via a narrow 1-2 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Barnsley were on the road, and had locked horns with Crewe. The former did manage to record a 1-3 victory despite being held to a 1-1 tied scoreline with just 15 minutes left on the clock.

In view of the result of this weekend fixture, consider the current form of both teams. Portsmouth are on a five-match winning run, and scored twice or more in four of these five games.

Going on, the team were also unbeaten in 22 of their last 25 overall fixtures, and 13 of their previous 17 matches had ended in wins for them.

Moreover, at home, they are on an incredible 13-game invincible run, and were unbeaten in 21 of their last 22 appearances here. They had also won eight of their prior nine home fixtures, and their only loss since May of last year had come against Southampton, an in-form PL side.

In addition, Portsmouth scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine matches in front of the home crowd, and have conceded a total of just two from their previous four games here.

Furthermore, four of the last six h2h wins had gone to Portsmouth, and four of the last six h2h encounters at this venue had resulted in wins for them as well. Also, Barnsley had last won here back in 1999, and they had failed to score in five of their former six visits.

Going on, Barnsley are on a two-match losing run in overall match-ups, and they were winless in 13 of their last 15 games on the road. 

Also, this whole season, they have recorded a total of two wins away from home, and were on an embarrassing ten-game winless run in away fixtures at the start of the season.

Considering all these definite pointers, it’s inferred that Portsmouth hold the higher probability for a win this Saturday. To be on the safe side though, we will go with the Double Chance.

However, do consider the fact that Barnsley are currently a part of the much more competitive Championship, and had shown grit in managing to finish second in the league last season, after an exhausting campaign.

They also do have the experience of dealing with practically far better teams in the second division of English Football, than that in the League One, and this will help them a great deal this Saturday.

Additionally, Portsmouth had failed to keep a clean sheet in six of their last seven match-ups, and in eight of their former ten home games. 

Also do take into consideration that is the knockouts of a prestigious competitition, and Barnsley surely will give their best to progress to the next round. After a disappointing season so far, they really do need a strong performance to raise spirits.

Considering all these observations, it’s estimated that either team will be finding the back of the net at least once this match-day.

Portsmouth vs Barnsley Betting Tips

  • Double Chance: Portsmouth or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
  • Both Teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5).