Free tips League Two: Colchester United v Portsmouth (Saturday, 3pm)

Colchester United take on promotion-chasing Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon in League Two.

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We take you through our predictions and betting tips for the fixture at the Colchester Community Stadium.

Match predictions

Colchester win 3/1 – Boylesports

Best bet

Gary Roberts Anytime scorer 19/10 – Betstars, Betfair


Past meetings

These sides have met only three times previously and have only meet once at Colchester, a 2-2 draw back in August 2012.

The meeting at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign saw the home side emerge 2-0 victors thanks to a late double from striker Gary Roberts.

Stats

Despite Colchester lying 9th in the standings, their home form has been very strong – the third best in the division with 32 of their 51 points coming at home.

Pompey have the eighth strongest record on the road in League Two, with seven wins from 17 fixtures.

Team News

The U’s will be without defensive duo Luke Prosser (torn knee ligaments) and Tom Eastman (knee).

Portsmouth have a fully fit squad to chose from.

Reason for bets

The hosts are slight favourites for this one due to their strong home form – they’ve won eight of their last nine home games in the division to propel them into a genuine playoff challenge this season, while Pompey have won only one of their last five away fixtures in a run which has damaged their ambitions of automatic promotion.

Furthermore, a home win represents good value on the betting market at 3/1 – reflecting odds which take the two’s league positions into account but not that the U’s have home advantage and that is where they have earned the majority of their points this season.

However, Gary Roberts is always a good bet for scoring anytime for Pompey due to his regularity of appearances and that he is the club’s penalty taker.

Added to this, he hit both of Pompey’s goals in their 2-0 victory over Colchester earlier in the campaign and recently netted in the side’s superb 3-0 victory over Carlisle.

19/10 offers strong odds of the experienced 32-year-old finding the net again and should be worth a punt from this one.

Colchester v Portsmouth match prediction

Colchester win 3/1 – Boylesports

Specific bet prediction

Gary Roberts Anytime scorer 19/10 – BetStars, Betfair


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