Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury Town
England – League One
Date: Saturday, 8 September 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK
Venue: Fratton Park (Portsmouth).
Portsmouth have been in great shape early in the new campaign and they now host Shrewsbury Town for their Matchday 7 clash on Saturday looking to build on a furious mid-week EFL Trophy win over Gillingham (4-0) and connect their fourth in a row in front of the crowd at Fratton Park.
Pompey have been regularly scoring numbers of goals and we’ve seen them beat Oxford United, Bristol Rovers, and Plymouth Argyle in their last five outings too, mainly for such performances in the attacking third. They’ve also held out to a goalless draw at Doncaster Rovers and Kenny Jackett’s men have proven they’re not just an attacking outfit, surely hoping to build on such displays at the back too.
Shrewsbury Town have largely struggled to leave such an impression early on and we’ve seen them bag just three points in six games so far, where a late August EFL Trophy win over Manchester City U21 (on penalties) and a 1-1 home draw against Bristol Rovers in their last two outings hardly come as confidence boosters for John Askey and his men.
Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury Town: Head-to-head
- Shrewsbury Town have bagged wins in all of the sides’ last five head-to-head clashes.
- Portsmouth have last beaten the rivals back in 2012 (2-1 at this ground).
- We’ve seen just five goals in the sides’ last three matchups, as we got used to very narrow contests along the way.
Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury Town: Prediction
We will now back Portsmouth to finally end the lengthy and unwanted streak against the rivals, bagging their first win in years – which comes priced at 2.00 and looks great value seeing their recent performances.
Indeed, they’ve been furious and we’ll now surely see Pompey very motivated to build on it, challenging the top of League One table early on. However, we do feel we’re in for a narrow contest and we don’t see many goals this time around either – as we also back Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.70 – hoping to see more of the same in the head-to-head clashes in that sense.
Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury Town: Bet Tips
Home win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70 (7/10).