, ‘Massive game’ – Portsmouth vs Derby County prediction: The72

‘Massive game’ – Portsmouth vs Derby County prediction: The72

The72’s writers off their Portsmouth vs Derby County prediction ahead of their League One clash on Tuesday evening.

The72’s writers off their Portsmouth vs Derby County prediction ahead of their League One clash on Tuesday evening.

Portsmouth head into this top of the table battle off the back of a 3-1 victory away from home over Wycombe Wanderers, stretching their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

Colby Bishop’s early opener was soon cancelled out by Matt Butcher at Adams Park, but Bishop soon bagged another before Christian Saydee wrapped things up in the second-half to ensure Pompey’s third straight win. John Mousinho’s men remain top of the League One able, five points clear of their opponents on Tuesday with a game in hand still to play.

Derby County also tasted victory in their last outing, beating Blackpool 1-0 on home soil to return to winning ways after their disappointing defeat against Northampton Town the previous weekend.

Cardiff City loanee Ebou Adams struck a fierce effort into the top right corner just before half-time for Paul Warne’s side, and that proved to be the difference as the Rams extended their lead above 3rd place Bolton Wanderers to six points. Derby sit 2nd in League One with just five games of their schedule remaining to secure a return to the Championship after two years away.

Here, a handful of our writers make their predictions for the game…

Jacob Hackett

“This is a mouth-watering tie at the top end of the third tier and it is bound to be an entertaining watch with the title and promotion not yet secured for either side.

“The Rams have been excellent away from home this season, regardless of their loss to the Cobblers last weekend, and will be geared up for the challenge of halting Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

“Pompey are in a fine vein of form, however, and will certainly not fear the visit of Derby. It is definitely teed up to be a tight encounter.

“I expect both sides to find the target on Tuesday, but it is equally unlikely that either team will go gung-ho with what is at stake. I think a score draw could be on the cards.”

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James Ray

“This is a massive game. A win for Portsmouth would give them an even tighter grip on the League One title while Derby County could close the gap to the leaders while building a serious gap to the chasing pack.

“There’s a lot at stake and sometimes that translates into the performance. It could get a bit cagey at times but ultimately, this should be a good game.

“You can’t help but be impressed with the Rams as they just keep finding a way, but Pompey are on another level in comparison to the rest of the league. That could show here as the hosts edge a tight game.”

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