Portsmouth welcome Leyton Orient to Fratton Park this Saturday in a weekend that could see Portsmouth extend their lead at the top of the league, whereas Leyton Orient need the three points to get into the top half of the League One table.
Pompey currently sit top of League One after 26 games. Portsmouth have 15 wins, eight draws and three losses, leaving them on 53 points, two points ahead of Bolton and four points ahead of Peterborough.
In their last five games in all competitions, Portsmouth have one win, two draws and two losses.
Colby Bishop gave Portsmouth the lead with his penalty in the third minute of added time but after halftime, the lead did not last long. Josh Earl equalised for Fleetwood in the second half and neither side could find the back of the net again and had to settle for the 1 - 1 draw. Next time out, Portsmouth couldn’t even settle for a point. Antony Evans opened the scoring for Bristol Rovers but Paddy Lane equalised for Pompey just ten minutes later. However, Luke Thomas grabbed a goal in the 94th minute to give Rovers the 2 - 1 win.
It was a point again for Portsmouth against Exeter City. Both sides could only manage two shots on target as they had to settle for a 0 - 0 draw. Portsmouth finally bounced back against Stevenage. Lane opened the scoring early on, but Louis Thompson equalised. Bishop put Portsmouth back ahead before halftime and a late red card to Nathan Thompson helped Pompey hold on for a 2 - 1 win.
The last time out for Portsmouth was against Cheltenham. A Tom Bradbury own goal gave Pompey the lead, but a three minute brace from Liam Sercombe gave Cheltenham the 2 - 1 win.
Leyton Orient, on the other hand, currently sit 12th in League One. In 25 games, Orient have eight wins, eight draws and nine losses which leaves them on 32 points, only two points behind Bristol Rovers in tenth.
In their last five games in all competitions, Leyton Orient have three wins, one draw and one loss.
A Ben Williams red card in the 18th minute set the tone for Cheltenham, and despite The Robins going ahead through a Will Goodwin penalty, it wasn’t enough. Shaq Forde scored in the last minute of normal time and Ethan Galbraith scored in the 93rd minute to give Orient the 2 - 1 win. Josh Dacres-Cogley, Dion Charles and George Thomason all scored before the ten minute mark to give Bolton the 3 - 0 lead. Forde and Theo Archibald did score in the second half, but Bolton held on for the 3 - 2 win.
Omar Beckles scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute to give Leyton Orient the 1 - 0 win over Charlton. Next time out against Wycombe had even less goals as Orient only managed three shots on target and Wycombe couldn’t register a single shot on target in a 0 - 0 draw.
The most recent outing for Orient was against Cambridge United. Jordan Brown and Dan Agyei both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Orient.
Portsmouth and Leyton Orient have met 45 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1924. Pompey have the better record in the fixture with 19 wins in comparison to Orient’s 13 wins, with a draw just as common as an Orient win, happening on 13 occasions.