Two sides hoping to challenge for promotion from League One meet at Fratton Park this weekend, when Portsmouth host MK Dons.
Thanks to Wigan’s FA Cup exploits, Portsmouth had no league game last weekend, so their last two matches have both been in the EFL Trophy, seeing off Exeter City before going out to Cambridge United in the Last 16 on Tuesday. A trip to Cambridge was also where they went for their last league game ten days ago which ended in a 0-0 draw despite Pompey playing against ten men for half an hour. However, even though they have crashed out of two cup competitions in the last month, Portsmouth are unbeaten in the league since mid-October, a run spanning ten games in which they have collected 22 points; only table-toppers Rotherham United have picked up more points in that time.
MK Dons’ chances of automatic promotion have faded rapidly after winning just two of their six league games since the start of December, but their start to 2022 has been a promising one on the league front. A draw at Accrington Stanley was followed up by a comfortable, but narrow, 1-0 against ten man Wimbledon in midweek, which moved them up into the playoff places. However, having played a game more than Rotherham and four more than Wigan Athletic, chances of a top-two finish look unlikely, but not improbable just yet.
The home side in this fixture has won on the last five occasions (Portsmouth twice, MK Dons three times), with MK Dons claiming 1-0 wins in the last two head-to-heads, including back in September, with Ethan Robinson scoring the only goal. MK Dons have never won at Fratton Park in four attempts though, losing the last three.
Portsmouth have not conceded in five league games, but MK Dons have an attack only bettered by the top two, so we expect both teams to score but with under 3.5 goals in the match, priced at 2/1 with Sky Bet.