This game is the biggest fixture of the League One action on the weekend. It features two of the teams who failed in the division’s playoffs at the end of the last campaign. They actually met five times last season with the Black Cats having the better of those clashes. Sunderland are looking for their first win of this campaign. Read our Sunderland v Portsmouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 15th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.)
It has been back to back drawn games by Sunderland in League One this season. They opened at home with a 1-1 draw against Oxford before playing out the same scoreline at Ipswich last weekend. So it has not been the most convincing of stars from the Black Cats. They were fifth-place finishers in the league last season picking up a W12 D10 L1 record on home soil. Sunderland struggled a bit towards the end of the season.
There was just the one win in their last seven league games last season (D3 L3) so add on the two missed chances from this campaign and that is one win in nine league games. On home soil, last season all but three of Sunderland’s home successes were against teams who finished in the bottom half of the table. Eight of their ten home draws were by a 1-1 scoreline, which has again been prominent for them this season. Sunderland took a clean sheet in a quarter of home games last season.
The Black Cats beat Pompey in last season’s League One Play-Offs
Four of the last six meetings have gone under 2.5 goals
Portsmouth are winless in three trips to the Stadium of Light
Five of the last eight meetings in all competitions have been drawn
Pompey finished one place above the Black Cats last season in the standings but then lost 1-0 on aggregate to them in the playoff semi-finals. Their record away from home was pretty strong at W13 D6 L4. That is one more win than what they managed at home actually. Pompey went undefeated in their final five away games of the campaign, winning four of those. This season they have gotten themselves up and running with a win.
Portsmouth lost on the opening weekend of the new season, suffering a 1-0 loss at Shrewsbury. But then they set the record straight last weekend with a 2-0 success over Tranmere. That away defeat at the Shrews will probably be hanging heavily on their minds as they go into one of their toughest away games of the season. Portsmouth are the 4/1 outright favourites to earn promotion from League One this season, one mark ahead of Sunderland* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 15th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.).
There is probably going to be another tight duel between the two of these. They look two of the strongest sides in the division and that’s why this match gets top billing. The draw in the match outright really doesn’t look that unreasonable of an option.
16th August 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Shrewsbury finished in the bottom seven in League One last season, not the greatest of efforts for them. They were much better on home soil than on the road though. They kick off on home soil this weekend against Portsmouth. Pompey were one of the strong contenders for promotion last season, but they fell short in the playoffs. Read our Shrewsbury v Portsmouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 30th, 2019 at 9:15 p.m.)
It was a W8 D9 L6 record that Shrewsbury produced on home soil last season. They only won twice at New Meadow after the turn of the new year. The Shrews have manager Sam Ricketts in charge after he received the job back at the start of December last year. They have won eight of the 32 games for which he has been in charge (all competitions). So a 25% win rate needs some improving upon.
Shrewsbury only managed an average of 1.09 goals per home game last season. Just 35% of fixtures at New Meadow went over 2.5 goals. In total, they bagged a clean sheet in 39% of their home fixtures. Of their eight wins the last term at the New Meadow, four were by one goal margin and the other four by a two-goal margin. Salop only managed to net the first goal in 9 of their 23 home fixtures.
Portsmouth earned four points against the Shrews last season
Both teams have scored in one of the last five meetings
The Shrews have won three of their last four home games against Pompey
None of the last five meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Pompey had a pretty decent run at promotion last season. They actually won one more game out on their travels than they managed at home. Their overall away record was W13 D6 L4. Apart from a sticky patch in January when they lost three on the bounce, they were very, very solid. They won seven of their last ten games of the season (home and away combined). Portsmouth scored an average of 1.8 goals per away game, but only collected a clean sheet in 17% of road fixtures. Of the thirteen away wins that they took, 10 of them were by one goal margin only. In a tremendous record, they were leading at the half time break in 12 of their 23 away games last season. Two-thirds of their away goals were conceded in the second half of games. Pompey are the 13/2 second-favourites to win League One this season* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 30th, 2019 at 9:15 p.m.).
We are going to lean on Pompey coming up with an away win in this opener. They were so good last season, they just could not get the job done in the play offs where they lost 1-0 on aggregate against Sunderland. They can kick things off with a bang and get three points at New Meadow.
31st July 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Pompey have some work to do to get themselves back into this tie. They trail 1-0 from their trip to the Stadium of Light in the first leg of this semi-final. This was always going to be a tight scrap between two very good teams. Can Portsmouth mount a response back at home? They may get a chance to, with the Black Cats having struggled for away results at the end of the regular season. Read our Portsmouth v Sunderland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 12th, 2019 at 3:28 p.m.)
Pompey produced a W12 D7 L4 record at home across the course of the regular season. They are going to need to call on all of their home strengths of theirs. They were doing great at Fratton Park at the end of the regular season. They were on a four-match winning streak (seven undefeated) before a 2-3 reverse there against Peterborough in their final home game of the term. They closed out the season by scoring at least two goals in each of their last five home fixtures. In total, they averaged 1.8 goals per home game this season in their League One campaign. They conceded under a goal per game.
So this is still likely to be a tight game. Pompey took a clean sheet in 30% of their home games, which was a great effort. They did fail to get one in any of their final four at Fratton Park through this season. In total, home and away Portsmouth did not get a clean sheet in any of their last seven games. Pompey though scored in each of their final dozen games of the campaign. Of the twelve home wins that they recorded this season, eight of them were by a one-goal margin. Pompey scored 71% of their home goals for the season in the second period of fixtures, scoring the opening goal in 12 of their 23 home fixtures.
The Black Cats shook off a little slump in end of season form to give themselves an advantage in this tie. They failed to win any of their final four regular season games, taking the two points only in that sequence. Sunderland took just one win in their final seven games of the campaign. The Black Cats posted a W10 D9 L4 away record for the season in the division and interestingly they did struggle for away wins at teams in the top half of the table. Sunderland posted a W2 D6 L3 record this season in such matches.
The Black Cats took one point from their final three away games of the season and they failed to take a clean sheet in any of their last four on the road. They do have a positive of having scored in each of their last eleven games now, including the first leg of this semi-final. Of the four away defeats that Sunderland suffered this season, three of them were by a one-goal margin. They closed out their away campaign with back to back 2-1 defeats at Fleetwood and Southend. Of the goals which they shipped on their travels, 68% of them happened after the halftime break in game. Sunderland scored 65% of their away goals in the second half of games. They did open the scoring 14 road games for the season.
Given the pressure of the situation, this is likely going to be another tight scrap between the two teams. There is enough in Portsmouth’s form at home to hint that they will be working their way back into this tie. Portsmouth to win by a one-goal margin.
13th May 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Sunderland have the chance at getting themselves back up to the second tier, but the fallen giant struggled for form down the back stretch of the season. Portsmouth finished three points above them in the play-off places but they too saw their winning touch desert them at the end of the season. Read our Sunderland v Portsmouth betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.)
So this will be an interesting clash as neither were particularly in great form at the end of the season. After such a strong and powerful campaign for pretty much its entirety, Sunderland ran out of steam about midway through April. They posted just one victory in their last seven games of the season, losing three of those. They closed out the season with back-to-back 2-1 away defeats at Fleetwood and Southend. The home record of Sunderland was highly impressive during the regular season as the Black Cats produced a W12 D10 L1 home record. They remained undefeated all the way through to their third-from-last home fixture of the season when they were toppled by Coventry in a thrilling 5-4 defeat.
Sunderland did manage to score in each and every home game played and they closed out the season on a 10 match scoring streak, home and away combined. So that is a big strength of theirs and they averaged exactly 2 goals per home game across the course of the season. But it is interesting to see that during the regular season Sunderland only claimed three victories in their 11 games against the final top 12 (D7 L1). Sunderland conceded just over a goal per game at home across the course of the season. Of the goals which they did concede home, 64% of them were conceded in the first-half of fixtures. Seven of their 12 wins at the Stadium of Light were by a margin of at least two goals during the regular season. Sunderland opened the scoring in 12 of their 23 home fixtures. Sunderland finished the regular season with the joint third highest tally of goals and the fourth best defensive record in League One.
Three of the last four league meetings have ended in a draw
There have been back to back 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light
Both teams have scored in each of the last eight meetings
Sunderland are winless in three at home against Pompey
Portsmouth had some powerful form during their run in. From the start of March, they produced eight wins in their final 12 fixtures of the season (D2 L2). That was some finish from them and at one point they put together a seven-match winning streak, scoring a least two goals in each of those seven victories. Overall during the regular season, Portsmouth produced an away record of W13 D6 L4. However their away record against the other top six finishers at the end of the season was just a winless D3 L2 return. So Pompey did struggle their away games against the better sides in the division which makes this fascinating. Out on their travels during the regular season, Portsmouth averaged 1.8 goals per away game and 61% of all of their road fixtures went over 2.5 goals.
Because of a lack of clean sheets across the course of the season, that played a part in some high-scoring away fixtures for Portsmouth. Pompey claimed a clean sheet in just 17% of away games and both teams scored in 78% of their away fixtures. Portsmouth scored in each of their last 11 away games of the season but they claimed just the one clean sheet in their last 14 games out on the road. Home and away combined Pompey have no clean sheet in their last seven games. Of their 13 away wins posted during the regular season, 10 of them were by a one-goal margin. Portsmouth are leading at the halftime break in 12 of their 23 away fixtures. They conceded 66% of their away goals in the second period of games
There should be a really evenly matched contest over the two legs between these two. The home record from Sunderland across the course of the season cannot be ignored at all, but Portsmouth have the scoring power to trouble them. The draw in this first leg has the most appeal in the match outright.
8th May 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
This is a big game for both of these. Portsmouth still have a good chance at claiming automatic promotion this season. If they win on Tuesday night that leaves them one point behind the top two heading into the final weekend of action. As for Peterborough, they will move to within one point of the play-off spots if they can grab the victory. Read our Portsmouth v Peterborough betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 28th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
This is a high tension game at this stage of the season. On the weekend Portsmouth picked up a point away at Sunderland to keep their hopes of automatic promotion going. A win in this and they move up to within one point of the top two leaving a great opportunity open for them in the final weekend of action. Portsmouth are a team who have been in fantastic form as they were on a seven-match winning streak in League One before their draw against Sunderland on the weekend.
Portsmouth are on a four-match winning streak on home soil and they are undefeated in their last seven on the South coast. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last four home games and they are currently on a 10 match scoring streak in the league, home and away combined.
Overall this season Portsmouth have taken a home record of W12 D6 L3 and they have averaged 1.8 goals per home fixture. It is not only the scoring power which they have produced but they have been tight in defence as well. Portsmouth have conceded at under a goal per game on home soil and less than half of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals.
In total Portsmouth have taken a clean sheet in 33% of their home fixtures. Going back to their scoring Portsmouth have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight games, home and away. Of the 12 home wins which they have picked, up eight of them have been by a two goal margin at least. The negative for Portsmouth is that they have no clean sheet in their last five League One fixtures.
Portsmouth earned a 2-1 away win at Peterborough earlier this season
That is back-to-back league wins for Portsmouth over Peterborough which they have taken
Portsmouth have won five of the last six meetings in all competitions
Both teams have scored in just two of their last six meetings in all competitions
This is equally as big of a game for Peterborough. They missed big chance on the weekend as they lost 3-0 away at the relegation-threatened Walsall. Peterborough have not been having the greatest of time out on the road as they have lost three of their last five away from home, winning one of those. Overall this season they have recorded a decent enough W10 D5 L7 record on their travels it has just fallen apart a bit for them really since Christmas. Six of their seven away defeats have come since Boxing Day in the league.
They have scored well away from home this season as they average 1.7 goals per road fixture. But they have conceded at an average of 1.5 per game. 59% of Peterborough’s away games have ended over 2.5 goals. Of the goals which Boro have conceded away from home this season 72% have been shipped in the second period of fixtures.
Peterborough have opened the scoring in 12 of their 22 away games and they have scored two-thirds of their away goals in the second half of games. Of the seven away defeats which they have suffered this season, five of them have been by a at least a two-goal margin. If they don’t get the win out of this game, the chance at the top six finish will pass them by.
Portsmouth to win and both teams to score at 9/4 odds
Over 2.5 goals at 7/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 28th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
It is really make or break for both of these in this game as both desperately need a victory to reach their own targets. However it is Portsmouth who are the ones with the stronger form at the moment and with them having home soil, it is the home win in the match outright which has the most appeal.
29th April 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting