Portsmouth will be aiming to edge closer to the playoff places with a win this weekend as they host Forest Green at Fratton Park on Saturday afternoon.
The home side currently sit in 9th place in the League One table and are six points behind Derby, who occupy the final playoff place. If Portsmouth are to gain promotion it will have to be via the playoffs as Pompey are currently 21 points behind the automatic promotion places.
Portsmouth’s last four league games have seen Pompey gain seven points and four red cards have been awarded. Portsmouth were narrowly defeated by promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday however were able to follow up this defeat by recording wins against Bristol and Accrington Stanley.
Last time out, John Mousinho’s side had to come from behind to share the points against Port Vale. Pompey found themselves two goals behind at the interval after Matt Taylor and Funso Ojo netted.
Portsmouth started the second period at a much higher intensity and managed to draw level in a three-minute spell after Colby Bishop converted a penalty and Michael Jacobs found the back of the net shortly after.
All of Portsmouth's next six league games come against opposition who sit below them in the table, providing Pompey with an excellent chance to put their name in the playoff picture coming into the final couple of league games.
Forest Green look set to be relegated to League Two barring a miraculous turn in form as they currently sit at the foot of the table, and are eleven points from safety. With only eight games left in their season, surely it is too late for Forest Green to stay in the league.
Since the appointment of Duncan Ferguson, FGR have struggled in the league, gaining just five points from the ten games that he has been at the helm. However, last time out, Forest Green recorded their most impressive result of the season thus far as they beat second-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
Jordon Garrick poked home a low cross from the right in the 35th minute to give Duncan Ferguson's men the lead after a dominant first-half display from Rovers. Forest Green managed to hold onto a clean sheet for the first time under Ferguson as they took all three points.
These sides have only met in the Football League on one prior occasion which came in the reverse fixture in October. Chances were few and far between in the game and the only goal came in the 17th minute when Sean Raggett found the back of the net for Portsmouth.
Unsurprisingly, given the respective league positions of these sides, it is Portsmouth who come into this matchup as odds on favourites @ 4/9, whilst a surprise away win for Forest Green is currently priced @ 11/2.
We are backing Colby Bishop to score 2 or more goals in the game because he has been in the best form of his career so far this campaign. Bishop has netted 23 times so far this season and will have every chance of adding to his tally this weekend as he faces a Forest Green side which has significantly the worst defensive record in League One, having conceded 71 goals.