Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth predictions and betting tips for this opening League One fixture on Saturday 3rd August. Pompey are amongst the favourites for the League One this season, but they face a potentially tricky tie against Shrewsbury at the Montgomery Waters Stadium.
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Sam Ricketts managed to guide Shrewsbury to safety at the end of last season after Salop briefly flirted with the idea of relegation. The former Wolves has not convinced everyone in Shropshire yet that he is the right man for the job, but he is an intelligent boss, and his signings look decent on the whole. The Shrews were pretty effective at home last season, and they did score goals in front of their own fans. Fejiri Okenabirhie will be aiming to hit the ground running, and he will be ably supported by the experience Steve Morison and the raw Daniel Udoh. Ryan Giles and Luke McCormick are two very interesting PL loanees, and they should get plenty of game-time this season. He’s assembling a nice squad, and some fans are quietly confident about their sides chances this campaign. They may not reach the heights of two seasons ago, but they could push for the play-offs if everything goes right. Replacing the dynamism of Greg Docherty will be absolutely essential, and he will be missed, but the replacements should be given a chance to impress.
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Pompey have lost valuable asset Matt Clarke this summer whilst rumours continue to circulate about Jamal Lowe’s potential exit. However, Portsmouth appear to have adequately replaced their outgoing stars with Sean Raggett and Paul Downing arriving at Fratton Park, whilst Marcus Harness is a superb acquisition. Pompey weren’t far away last season, and they will be expected to challenge for promotion once again. Kenny Jackett is an experienced coach, and he must ensure that his squad is adequately rotated throughout the campaign. They just couldn’t find a way past Sunderland in the play-offs last season, but they do have an abundance of attacking players at their disposal, and they should be able to utilise them if they find themselves in a similar position once again. Brett Pittman will be hoping for a bit more game-time whilst Oliver Hawkins is a superb team-player. Jackett’s men should be up there, but this isn’t the easiest of opening fixtures for them.
Portsmouth won 2-0 here last season, but Shrewsbury gave them plenty of problems during the pairs 1-1 draw at Fratton Park in September. Pompey were actually better away from home last season, and they are understandably the favourites going into this clash. However, Shrewsbury could be a very tough nut to crack, and I’m loathed to write them off at this early stage. The value certainly lies in backing this game to end all-square with 12/5 available with William Hill. Sam Rickett’s men will be well-organised, and they have potential match-winners in their squad.
The hosts usually do find the net in home games, and they only failed to strike on nine occasions last season at this ground. Pompey were regular winners on the road, but they didn’t keep too many clean sheets along the way. They managed just four shutouts on the road, with one of them actually arriving in Shropshire. They might find it difficult to keep Rickett’s men off the score-sheet this time around, and Both Teams to Score? Yes looks like a logical option.
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