League Two Tips: Portsmouth v Plymouth (Friday, 2.30pm)

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League Two takes centre stage on Good Friday as automation promotion contenders Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle go head to head.

Here are our betting tips and predictions for Sky Sport’s early showing.

Portsmouth v Plymouth Prediction

Draw at 14/5 with 888sport

Portsmouth v Plymouth Best Bet

Draw and under 2.5 goals at 15/4 with Bet365

Portsmouth v Plymouth Past Meetings

The Pilgrims are on a four-game unbeaten run against Saturday’s opponents. They played out a 2-2 thriller last October, with each side netting a goal within the final five minutes of the game.

Portsmouth v Plymouth Stats

Portsmouth have won 12 home league matches from a possible 20 this season, while over 2.5 goals has happened in 53% of those.

Plymouth have won 13 of 20 away matches in the league, while over 2.5 goals has happened in 37% of those.

Portsmouth Team News

Pompey will be without striker Noel Hunt, who suffered a dislocated shoulder against Hartlepool. Fellow forward Eoin Doyle is also out for the remainder of the season with a groin injury.

Plymouth Team News

Argyle manager Derek Adams has no new injury worries ahead of the mammoth clash. He boasts an almost fully-fit squad, with Ryan Brunt and David Ijaha the two long-term absentees.

Reason for Portsmouth v Plymouth Bets

These two sides know each other well, having met in last season’s play-offs. Plymouth edged past Pompey to reach the final, but were then dealt a cruel blow by AFC Wimbledon at Wembley. This season both sides have looked to go one better, and as the season draws to a close, they both currently occupy an automatic promotion place.

Second-placed Plymouth boast League Two’s best away record, unbeaten in their last seven league games on the road. They’ve drawn three of those, but also recently beat league leaders Doncaster at Keepmoat Stadium. Last week, it took a last-gasp winner to defeat 10-man Crawley – a game which they had to turn around after going into the break one-down after a disappointing first-half performance.

Saturday’s opponents Portsmouth had a more convincing 3-1 home win against strugglers Yeovil last time out. They’ve now won seven of their last eight league games, including their last three home ones. They’re four points adrift of their south-coast rivals, yet they still sit eight points above fourth-placed Luton.

The importance of the match – heightened by the presence of the camera crews – is palpable. Whilst the home side are more in need of a win to step closer to securing their place in the top three, their opponents know three more points would all but confirm their promotion. For that reason, a hard-fought, passionate draw could be on the cards. Back it at 14/5 with 888sport.

Such important games often produce cagey performances, especially with both sides desperate not to lose grasp of their automatic promotion place. On top of that, you’re dealing with two of the top three best defences in League Two, so back under 2.5 goals at 31/40 with Bet365 – or be brave and get a draw and under 2.5 goals at 15/4 with Bet365.

Portsmouth v Plymouth Prediction

Draw at 14/5 with 888sport

Portsmouth v Plymouth Best Bet

Draw and under 2.5 goals at 15/4 with Bet365.