Live on Skysports 2: Sat 17.15: Cardiff entertain Ipswich in the TV game but the value lies with Pompey against Sheffield United.
Portsmouth have now won five on the spin, keeping clean sheets in all of those games and they have to be fancied at a hefty 10/11 with William Hill to grab a sixth consecutive success as they play host to a struggling Sheffield United team without a win in thirteen attempts.
Crucial six-pointers have come and gone for the Blades in recent weeks and all have ended in defeat so it’s hard to see Micky Adams’ men grabbing a vital three points away to the division’s form team, especially one that looks so defensively sound at present.
One of the major problems for the visitors this season has been scoring goals, they’ve averaged less than one per game, and with only five to their name in their last nine the Blades may find it tough to find the net at Fratton Park where bet365 post 21/10 against a Pompey triumph ‘to nil’.
Nottingham Forest have conceded just seven goals in their last ten in the league and Hull have picked the ball out of the net the same number of times in nine outings so it’s fair to assume that goals will be at a premium as the pair meet at the City Ground.
Billy Davies’ side are 4/5 with Totesport to triumph but they’ve drawn their last three, against far weaker opposition on paper, so they can’t be relied upon to come out on top against the resilient Tigers. Instead it’s worth going low in terms of the goal tally, especially as Sportingbet offer odds of 23/10 for the game to produce fewer than 1.5.
Marlon King has struck five times in his last six and of late it seems that in matches in which Coventry score, the controversial attacker contributes to the goal total. This week the Sky Blues entertain 17th placed Bristol City and subsequently King should be presented with at least a couple of opportunities to add to his tally. He’s 13/8 (Boylesports) to take at least one of those chances at some point.
Portsmouth to beat Sheffield United ‘to nil’ – 21/10 (bet365)
Marlon King to score at any time for Coventry v Bristol City – 13/8 (Boylesports)
Under 1.5 goals in Nottingham Forest v Hull – 23/10 (Sportingbet)