Portsmouth remain very much in contention for promotion into the Championship and while they have little realistic chance of retaking pole position, they do sit just four points adrift of second-placed Barnsley and have taken full advantage of the top two’s recent stumbles. This is a crucial part of the season and with wins in three of their last four outings, Kenny Jackett’s men are rediscovering the art of winning just at the right moment.
Pompey head into this match on the back of successive wins over Walsall (2-3) and Scunthorpe United (2-0), however they desperately need to continue in winning ways on Saturday afternoon should they wish to keep piling the pressure on the top two sides in the division.
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Shrewsbury Town are sitting dangerously close to the relegation zone in League One although they boosted their survival chances in the third tier with a 2-1 home win against Wycombe Wanderers last time out. This put to an end a three-match winless run and lifted the side four points clear of the bottom three in the division.
Nevertheless there is no room for complacency whatsoever and the Shrews need to make it two wins on the bounce should they wish to keep their heads above water. The Shropshire side have enjoyed some good form in front of their home fans in recent weeks but they don’t have a good record against the sides battling for promotion this season and as such we’ll be siding with the visitors to continue their push for promotion this weekend, BetVictor Bookmakers going 7/5 on Portsmouth to win.