Portsmouth vs Wigan Athletic
England – League One
Date: Monday, 2 April 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Fratton Park (Portsmouth).
The Latics had no troubles whatsoever easing past the likes of Oldham Athletic in the first game of the day on The Good Friday. The victory has helped Wigan Athletic reclaim the top spot in the League One ladder as Paul Cook’s side currently hold the pole position having at least a game in hand on both Blackburn Rovers and Shrewsbury Town.
Nonetheless, Wigan Athletic are about to face a much tougher test just three days later when they visit Fratton Park to take on Portsmouth in the last game of the day on Monday. Pompeys will even have one day less to rest after playing Saturday’s clash with Walsall. The host will head into this in high spirits as well since they’ve stormed past both Oldham Athletic and Oxford United earlier on (5-0 goal difference in the process).
The Welsh manager Kenny Jackett will have to find the way to stop Wigan’s red-hot strikers Will Grigg (two goals v Oldham) and Nick Powell (one goal v Oldham). This duo has been responsible for 24 goals combined so far in the season. The hosts also have a predator of their own in the final third, and his name is Brett Pitman. He was just the man who has inspired the mentioned back-to-back wins over Oldham and Oxford by netting a brace in each of these outings. His current league tally is 18 goals (second top scorer of the competition at the moment).
Portsmouth vs Wigan Athletic: Head-to-head
Portsmouth have been slightly more successful over the history, winning 6 and losing 4 of 12 meetings with the Latics.
It’s, however, been seven years since these two sides last locked horns before this term’s clash in late-October last year (1-1 draw at The DW Stadium).
Portsmouth vs Wigan Athletic: Prediction
Both teams have been in good touch lately and it’s hard to see which will come on top at the end of this one.
One thing is for sure – we could really be in for goals on Monday at Fratton Park given that both sides’ strikers have been enjoying stellar forms of late.
Portsmouth vs Wigan Athletic: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80
Draw @ 3.40