Portsmouth v Oxford United Betting Preview | 25th March
In our Portsmouth v Oxford United betting preview, we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts, popular bets and more for the Sunday Afternoon fixture.
Portsmouth v Oxford United
Venue: Fratton Park
Channel: SkySports Main Event
It’s happened, finally. Oxford United have appointed a manager, and the man charged with the job is ex MK Dons and Charlton gaffer Karl Robinson. Robinson has a distinct footballing style which should suit the players that are now at his disposal with the likes of neat midfielders Ryan Ledson, James Henry and Cameron Brannigan. It’s a strong squad for this league and it wasn’t overly surprising to see him make the switch from the Valley, especially with new ownership at the club. It’s a case of getting to safety this season and kicking on next term for the U’s.
Portsmouth were priced up as a strong play off side in the ante-post markets which I thought was a bit optimistic given the lack of summer business, however Kenny Jackett is a great manager at this level and in my eyes has done a solid job this term. Currently 5 points off the play off places they’ve still got a chance of making it and this is a game Jackett will have down as a win if they are to do so. Brett Pitman has spearheaded Pompey superbly this season, scoring 16 goals. His header away at Oldham last week showed just what he’s all about, finding space in the box and displaying excellent technique to finish.
Looking at the prices in the outright market it’s hard to find much value, and backing a result when it’s a managers first game is off putting. 5/6 quotes look quite short for an inconsistent Pompey, however this Oxford side are poor at the back and the underlying performance data since the turn of the year doesn’t make for good reading. Alternatively I’m going to look at the goalscorer markets and get on Pitman to add to his tally, he should get chances against the aforementioned shoddy Oxford backline.
Gareth Evans returns for the hosts after a hamstring injury, they also welcome back Nathan Thompson from suspension. Oli Hawkins and Stuart O’Keefe remain sidelined however.
Strikers Wes Thomas and Jon Obika will be assessed after picking up knocks last weekend. Gino Van Kessel is away on international duty with Curaçao.
Head To Head
- Portsmouth have won just once in their last ten meetings with Oxford, drawing 4 and losing 5.
- Portsmouth have gone 7 without a win at Fratton Park.
- Oxford have won just 1 of their last 10 away games in the league.
- Brett Pitman has scored 16 goals this season, counting for 37% of Portsmouth’s overall goal tally.
- Portsmouth to win (5/6)
- Brett Pitman to score anytime – 13/10 (Coral)