Portsmouth v Leyton Orient Betting Preview – 14/01/17

Portsmouth v Leyton Orient Betting Preview – 14/01/17

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Portsmouth v Leyton Orient Betting Preview – 14/01/17

In our Portsmouth v Leyton Orient betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Paul Cook’s Portsmouth welcome Leyton Orient to Fratton Park looking to close the gap on the top three. Pompey are currently four points away from the automatic promotion places and with their rivals going down to defeats in recent weeks, they need to take advantage. Leyton Orient make the long trip down to Hampshire a huge 17 points behind their opponents and it’s been a miserable campaign for them. They’re just two places above the relegation zone and in desperate need of a positive result here.

We’re coming up to a big stage in the season and Portsmouth will have their eyes set on a spot in the top three. Paul Cook’s men are now within touching distance of Carlisle United and with some winnable fixtures on the horizon against the likes of Exeter, Accrington & Crawley it’s essential they pick up as many points as possible. But if they are to overcome those hurdles they’ll need to improve if their previous performance is anything to go by. They made the trip to South Yorkshire in their last outing, taking on Darren Ferguson’s in-form Doncaster in a tough game at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Pompey went down 3-1 to Rovers on a tough evening for them, they produced a decent performance but they lacked that killer instinct in front of goal – missing several opportunities. A goal from Kal Naismith was the only thing that the travelling Portsmouth supporters had to shout about on what was a disappointing evening for the club. But there were positives to take from that clash, they created a lot of good chances and if they sharpen up in attack they’ll take the three points here. They’ve been beaten just twice in their last eleven games and they’ll be confident that they can return to winning ways in front of their own supporters.

Andy Edwards’ Leyton Orient have had a disastrous 16/17 to date and they’ll be hoping the new year which bring a turnaround in fortunes. The O’s began the campaign as one of the favourites to win promotion but things have gone wildly out of control at Brisbane Road. They’ve been in and around the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign and they’re struggles have come as a shock to almost everyone in the fourth tier. Andy Edwards is now their third manager of the season and he’s found life tough since taking over from Alberto Cavasin at the end of November.

He’s been beaten in four of his seven games in charge of the club and with some tough fixtures coming up over the next few weeks, every point is going to be vital. They’ve been beaten in both of their games in 2017 to date at Exeter (4-0) and most recently at home to Barnet (3-1). The only highlight of the game came through Paul McCallum who netted his sixth league goal of the season on what was a disappointing afternoon for Edwards’ men. And things won’t get any easier here, they’ve lost their last three games on the road and in facing Portsmouth they take on one of the divisions strongest home sides.

Despite both of these sides being at different ends of the table, there’s plenty resting on this clash. Portsmouth enter this clash as favourites with home advantage and if they turn up, they’re more than capable of dismantling this Orient side. The visitors are severely low on confidence and if they concede an early goal here, it could get messy. They were dealt a blow in midweek when last seasons top scorer Jay Simpson departed the club for the MLS so they’ll lack a goal threat here and we can see them struggling – we’re backing Pompey to win to nil which is available at 6/5.

Recommended Bets:

Portsmouth to win to nil: (Best Priced at 6/5 at BetBright) BET HERE

Kal Naismith to score anytime: (Best Priced at 11/4 at William Hill) BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 1/1 at bet365) BET HERE

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