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Portsmouth vs Plymouth Argyle: Predictions
Pompey have tended to be a team that bounces back quickly from adversity in 2020/2021. When Kenny Jackett’s side win, they tend to then go a decent run, stringing several winning results together to keep them in the hunt for automatic promotion. Those hopes have recently been dealt a double blow by consecutive defeats (for the first time this season) to Hull City and Lincoln City, who both now occupy those berths. Those disappointments were partly put to bed by a commanding performance at The Valley, beating Charlton Athletic 3-1 in midweek.
On Saturday, they face a resurgent Plymouth Argyle, who successfully used their first away win of the year at Sunderland as a springboard to a more than welcome recovery in their fortunes, which had been threatening to pull them into a relegation battle.
There’s little doubt about the quality in both squads, although it’s fair to say that Portsmouth’s is more evenly spread throughout all departments than the Pilgrims’. Whilst visiting boss Ryan Lowe has rightly earned a reputation as an exciting, attack-minded coach, this has often come at the expense of being tight at the back, and when he does lurch into a more pragmatic style, it has tended to have a deleterious effect at the other end. He is still early in his managerial career, and will be afforded time by the board to continue his development at Home Park, especially now their standing in the third tier looks set to be on much firmer ground. In retaining Luke Jephcott’s services until summer at the very least, the Green Army have a reliable outlet for the trickery of Danny Mayor and the tireless endeavour of Joe Edwards.
This ought to result in a seriously entertaining, high scoring spectacle.
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Portsmouth vs Plymouth Argyle: Match Stats
Portsmouth are one of the few clubs in the top 92 to come close to enjoying a goals for to against ratio of 2:1, and six of the 21 they’ve conceded in the third tier this year have come in the last thre matches.
Custodian Craig MacGillivray has 11 clean sheets to his name across all competitions this season.
Striker John Marquis has been deadly in his last four seasons in League One with Doncaster Rovers and Pompey respectively, bagging a total of 52 with another 22 matches to improve his tally still further.
Prior to their last two outings on the road, Plymouth hadn’t won a single one away from Home Park, and had only managed three draws from nine fixtures. Even with those wins, their away record is the third worst in the division.
Striker Luke Jephcott is the top scorer in the entire division, racking up 14 goals from 1,469 minutes of action. He has in fact only started 18 games this term.
Despite Danny Mayor’s undeniable creativity and ability to beat players on the dribble, he has only two assists to his name in the league, one of which came during their commendable 2-2 draw at home to Accrington Stanley in midweek.
16 Nov 2020 – Plymouth Argyle 2-2 Portsmouth – League One
09 Feb 2019 – Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Portsmouth – League One
01 Sep 2018 – Portsmouth 3-0 Plymouth Argyle – League One
14 Apr 2018 – Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Portsmouth – League One
25 Nov 2017 – Portsmouth 1-0 Plymouth Argyle – League One
14 Apr 2017 – Portsmouth 1-1 Plymouth Argyle – League One
As Salford City are still a very new side by the EFL’s historic standards, there are only three previous meetings between the sides between the sides in all competitions. Oldham have yet to beat The Ammies; on Halloween, James Wilson and Ashley Hunter haunted the visitors with their goals in a game the hosts dominated. If Salford stay down in League Two for a few more years, this could eventually develop into a rivalry akin to the one Oldham had with the now-defunct Bury.