The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy takes center stage this Tuesday and Wednesday and the south coast derby between Portsmouth and Bournemouth takes center stage on Sky Sports on Tuesday.
Portsmouth are 2/1 to win the match with Bet Victor (get a free £25 bet here) the draw is 12/5 with Paddy Power (free £50 bet) and Bournemouth are slight favourites at 6/4 with Ladbrokes (free £50 bet here).
The problems at Portsmouth are well documented and their problems have continued on the pitch so far picking up just two points from their first four games and going down to two defeats in their last two, most recently against Oldham at Fratton Park.
Bournemouth are struggling too, just a point better off than Portsmouth and were involved in a 5-3 thriller against Sheffield United on Saturday, eventually succumbing to defeat in Yorkshire so any match prediction for this game must take into account their exploits in that one. So far in League One they have drawn three matches 1-1 (including an opening day draw against Portsmouth) so betting on the draw should not be dismissed here.
Of the four games each of these sides have played so far this season, both teams have scored in all but one so a both teams to score outcome has to be predicted in this match, at odds of 4/5 (Bet365 – new customers get a free £200 bet here).
Given Portsmouth’s terrible problems on and off the pitch there are real difficulties in justifying a bet on the home side so the best way to play this is to steer clear of the win-draw-win market. Instead take a punt on the match result being 0-0 at half-time (15/8 with Boylesports – new customers get a free £20 bet using this link).
Portsmouth vs Bournemouth Betting Tips
Both teams to score – 4/5 with Bet365 (bet using this link to get a free bet)
Half-time score 0-0 – 15/8 with Boylesports (new customers click here for a free £20 bet)