Plymouth vs Portsmouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
An early season meeting between two of League Two's promotion candidates is set to take place on Saturday, when league leaders Plymouth Argyle host fourth placed Portsmouth at Home Park. Below are our match predictions, betting tips and preview.
Plymouth Argyle vs Portsmouth
Venue: Home Park
Kick-off: Saturday 15th October, 3pm
After absolutely throwing away a good chance at promotion once again last season, Argyle seem to have decided that the only possible way they can get themselves promoted is to just win every single game in the first half of the season, before they have their annual new year melt down.Argyle were walking away with League Two much later in the season than this last year, leading the chasing pack by as many as 10 points approaching Christmas. One of the worst runs of form you'll see from a side in such a position saw them now even within a chance of finishing in the top three on the final day of the season.
Portsmouth and Plymouth engaged in an enthralling playoff semi-final last year, but it was Argyle who came out on top. This year Portsmouth will also have higher hopes of automatic promotion themselves.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Plymouth to win and keep their fantastic form going can be backed at 17/12 with Marathon and the draw is available at odds of 11/5 with Stan James. Portsmouth's form on the road has been patchy this year, hence why they're best odds 5/2 with Bet Victor.
Argyle have won nine and drawn one of their last 10 games and find themselves six points clear at the top of the table. It honestly does seem their best chance of promotion could be running away with it early on and putting themselves in a position where they can relax, given their history of self destruction. This game will be their toughest test of the season so far, though.
Since their home defeat to Luton – which is now something of an annual event – Plymouth have been nearly perfect, winning five and drawing only one here. Portsmouth have been strong at home but have won only two of their last eight away. They've already been beaten by several mid-table sides. Back Plymouth to win at odds of 17/12 with Marathon.
A big part of Plymouth's strong form has been their defensive play. Of their nine wins, only three have come by more than one goal. They've had to hang in there at times this season, Three of Pompey's four losses have been by a single goal.Back a 2-1 Plymouth winat odds of 19/2with Bet Victor.
Jake Jervis and Graham Carey lead the way for Argyle with four and five goals respectively, whilst Gary Roberts has six for Pompey. Wide play or a piece of set piece magic could decide this game, so let's back one of the in-form wide men to get on the score sheet again here. Back Graham Carey to score at odds of 11/4 with Paddy Power.
Free Betting Tip
Plymouth Argyle - 17/12 with Marathon
Correct Score Prediction
Plymouth Argyle 2-1 - with Bet Victor
Goal Scorer Prediction
Graham Carey - 11/4 with Paddy Power