A crowd of 17,000 are expected at Fratton Park as the two highest supported clubs in the league go head to head for this League Two clash

 

Odds (William Hill as of 12/03/15):

Portsmouth    6/5       Draw    2/1       Luton    23/10

 

Form:

 

Portsmouth: DLDWWW

 

Pompey looked to have found some form as they went through an unbeaten February, however they haven’t won in three and are sitting in 14th place in the league two table so boss Andy Awford will be hoping to see his side return to form with a victory over the out of form, promotion hopeful Hatters.

 

Luton: LLWLLW

 

Luton will be hoping to bounce back from three consecutive away defeats in order to stay in and amongst the promotion places. With Luton’s recent away form being their main trouble, particularly their first half performances away from Kenilworth Road, boss John Still will be looking for his side to be straight in from the off at Fratton park in front of the 2700 travelling Hatters fans.

 

Team News:

 

Portsmouth: Michael Poke is expected to miss out with a back injury and Josh Passley is doubtful after getting a knock in training but Ben Chorley returns from a one-match ban and Danny East has been recalled from his loan spell at Aldershot.

 

Luton: The Hatters have been forced to deal with horrendous injury trouble this season but striker Paul Benson, who was on loan at Pompey two seasons ago, is in contention again just 4 months on from breaking his leg against Mansfield and January signing winger Ryan Hall could also feature now that the winger has recovered from illness. Scott Griffiths has been said to require a hernia operation but is still available for selection until it becomes a problem. However midfield powerhouse Pelly Ruddock remains sidelined and has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and finally experienced goalkeeper Mark Tyler is also unavailable – however Mark is close to returning from his knee injury.

 

History:

 

The reverse fixture at Kenilworth Road back in December saw the points shared as the game ended 1-1 – however since this league two clash the clubs haven’t met since the 1995/96 season in Division one when Luton were relegated and Portsmouth stayed up on goal difference! Luton won their home fixture 3-1, before Pompey won the reverse fixture 4-0 at their place. Overall the clubs have met in competitive matches 42 times: Portsmouth winning 12, Luton winning 19 and 11 of the encounters ending in a draw.

 

My prediction(s):

 

– Portsmouth 1-1 Luton (11/2)

– Half time Portsmouth, full time draw (14/1)

– Matt Tubbs to score first (9/2)


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