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Portsmouth vs Blackpool Predictions

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Tip Reasoning

Things continue to go well for Portsmouth, who progressed in the FA cup last weekend and in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night. Kenny Jackett’s men are also chasing a hat-trick of wins in League One. Blackpool are not the easiest side to face, though the league leaders will be backing themselves to come out on top in front of a home crowd.

When Portsmouth were last in action in League One, though their victory looked a narrow one, they proved once again why they’re top of the tree. Against a resilient Wimbledon side, who’re not the easiest side to dominate, Pompey ran riot from a performance point of view; they created far more chances than their opponents and came under no real pressure defensively. Another performance like that on Saturday and Kenny Jackett’s men will continue to be a minimum of five points clear at the top.

Blackpool are no mugs, but their recent efforts on the road haven’t been great, so unless they come up with something better, then they’re likely to struggle against a Pompey side that has looked very strong on home soil. The hosts have won four of their last five at home, while their underlying figures tell us that they’ve been anything but lucky. Jackett’s men are averaging 2.02 expected goals for at home and are surrendering just 0.89 at the other end. They’ve also bettered their opponents in terms of expected goals in all but one of their matches at Fratton Park.

As touched on above, the visitors are not the easiest side to get the better of, but they’re a side that tends to carry out most of their best work on home soil. The Seasiders have found it tough to get their heads in front on the road of late, as they’ve won none of their last four travelling matches, three of which they’ve lost. Moreover, their performances during that time haven’t been too positive. In terms of expected goals, Terry McPhillips’ men have been bettered in each of their last four away games.

From a betting point of view, combining a home win with ‘Under 3.5 Goals’ is the best option. For all Blackpool have struggled on the road in recent times, they’re not the sort of side to be bowled over, as the fact that they’ve given up just 1.11 expected goals on average suggest, but they lack the forward power to seriously compete with a side that averages an impressive 2.02 expected goals for at home.

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