Portsmouth failed to find a way past non-league side Aldershot Town in the first round of the FA Cup. Tonight they have another chance to claim a place in the second round of the competition.
Portsmouth have fallen a long way since their FA Cup victory of 2008 and they are in action this evening in a replay of their first round match in the competition following their failure to find a way past Conference side Aldershot Town just ten days ago.
The non-league side held Portsmouth to a 2-2 draw at Fratton park in their opening FA Cup tie and the Shots will be eager to dump their Football League opponents out of the competition at the second time of asking.
The home side have had an inconsistent season to date and sit mid-table with 27 points from their opening 20 matches. They come into this match on the back of a 1-0 victory over Nuneaton and a 2-0 away win at Kidderminster. They will therefore be in high spirits coming into this encounter.
Nevertheless, Aldershot gaffer Andy Scott is struggling with a number of injuries to his squad, defender Mark Phillips continuing to suffer from a quad problem and midfield players Jordan Roberts and Jaydon Gibbs struggling with hamstring injuries.
A further concern is star striker Josh Scott, his absence due to a foot injury leaving the hosts somewhat depleted both in midfield and up front, something which Portsmouth will be looking to take advantage of.
The visitors have started their season in similar fashion to the home side and sit 13th in the League Two table with 23 points from their opening 17 matches. A 3-0 away defeat at Plymouth on Saturday will hardly inspire much confidence within the ranks coming into this match, however the South Coast side possess a greater strength in depth and should prove too strong for a depleted home side.
Indeed, Pompey start this encounter as slight favourites across the market, Coral offering best odds of 7/5 for an away win, a draw up for grabs at 5/2 with BetVictor and a home win available at 9/4 with the same firm.
Either way, this looks set to be a closely fought match and with the previous encounter ending in stalemate, we feel that a single goal will separate the teams, a 1-0 Portsmouth win looking the likeliest outcome at 15/2.
Our betting tips
Portsmouth 1-0 win – BetVictor 15/2