Portsmouth could only manage a share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller at Roots Hall last time out and this extended their winless run across all competitions to six games. Indeed while Pompey were one of the early frontrunners for the League One title, they now find themselves down in third position with the side having managed just a single league win since the turn of the year, this coming against rock-bottom side AFC Wimbledon on New Years’ Day. Despite Portsmouth being a tough side to beat both at home and away, Kenny Jackett’s side will have a hard job bouncing back from this winless run although they desperately need to return to winning ways should they wish to be part of the promotion mix come the end of the campaign.
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Following a dismal first-half of the season, Bristol Rovers appear to have steadied their ship under the guidance of new permanent manager Graham Coughlan although they remain outside the relegation zone on goal-difference alone. The Pirates have managed to string together a four-game unbeaten run across all competitions ahead of their Tuesday-evening meeting with Portsmouth, however we don’t believe that the visitors have what it takes to collect the three points at Fratton park this week.
Bristol Rovers have been picking things up in the final third in recent weeks and as such we believe that they play their part in making this a thoroughly entertaining affair. With that in mind, we’ll be siding with the home side to collect all three points but Rovers to add to the scoreline at some point, BetVictor Bookmakers going 3/1 on Portsmouth to win and both teams to score.