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Oxford United vs Portsmouth Prediction

Oxford United

July 06

17:00

Portsmouth

Oxford United

Portsmouth

With scores finely poised at 1-1 from Thursday's first leg, Oxford United and Portsmouth clash again to begin a new week. One team will book their place at Wembley for this summer's League One Playoff Final, while the other's season ends in heartbreak here.

Read my match preview, for the best betting tips and correct score predictions ahead of this upcoming fixture.

Oxford United vs Portsmouth Betting Tips

Oxford and manager Karl Robinson will be quietly sweating about the fitness of midfielder Cameron Brannagan, ahead of Monday's second-leg.

The Liverpool academy graduate created the assist for Marcus Browne's equaliser but limped off late on with a muscular injury. One of the hosts' most important players, his presence could prove pivotal in deciding a tightly-contested affair against Pompey.

Ronan Curtis' opener just ten minutes earlier was cancelled out before half-time. Portsmouth should feel frustrated they don't have the advantage to protect, ahead of this return leg. They recorded 15 shots, had more possession and hit the woodwork over the 90 minutes.

It was ultimately a stalemate that could have gone either way in the end, a fact that will not be lost on Portsmouth should they fail to perform here.

Northampton Town's remarkable comeback semi-final win – from a 2-0 aggregate deficit – to beat Cheltenham last month should not be forgotten. They stunned their hosts into silence with a much-improved showing during a memorable second leg.

Portsmouth have to dust themselves off, forget about their frustrations and deliver a better display if they harbour serious Championship hopes.

Oxford United vs Portsmouth Correct Score Predictions

The beauty and unpredictability surrounding playoff matches is that form often proves irrelevant. It all comes down to the better side on the day, whether that be through a clinical touch in the final third or being a more cohesive team unit. This could go either way, but I'm edging towards a narrow Portsmouth victory here.

They should have taken more of their first-leg chances but Kenny Jackett will hope his team don't rue previously costly mistakes against fierce opposition.

Who will win?

Oxford United (20)

52.63%

Portsmouth (13)

34.21%

Draw (5)

13.16%

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Last matches

Oxford United

13-07-2020

1 - 2 Wycombe Wanderers

L
03-07-2020

1 - 1 Portsmouth

D
07-03-2020

2 - 3 Shrewsbury Town

L
29-02-2020

2 - 1

W
25-02-2020

3 - 0 Accrington Stanley

W
22-02-2020

0 - 1 Ipswich Town

L
18-02-2020

5 - 0

W
15-02-2020

0 - 1 Sunderland

L
11-02-2020

2 - 2 Burton Albion

D
08-02-2020

4 - 0 Peterborough United

L

Portsmouth

D

- Oxford United

03-07-2020
D

-

10-03-2020
L

- Peterborough United

07-03-2020
L

- Arsenal

02-03-2020
W

- Rochdale

28-02-2020
W

- Milton Keynes Dons

25-02-2020
L

-

22-02-2020
W

- Exeter City

18-02-2020
W

- Shrewsbury Town

15-02-2020
L

- Coventry City

11-02-2020
Oxford United vs Portsmouth Head-to-Head (H2H)
03-07-2020

Portsmouth

1
1

Oxford United

02-11-2019

Portsmouth

1
1

Oxford United

19-01-2019

Oxford United

2
1

Portsmouth

18-08-2018

Portsmouth

4
1

Oxford United

25-03-2018

Portsmouth

3
0

Oxford United

12-08-2017

Oxford United

3
0

Portsmouth

23-01-2016

Portsmouth

0
1

Oxford United

19-09-2015

Oxford United

1
1

Portsmouth

28-02-2015

Portsmouth

0
0

Oxford United

23-08-2014

Oxford United

0
1

Portsmouth

Oxford United
vs
Portsmouth
Predicted Lineup
Oxford United vs Portsmouth Predicted Lineup

Eastwood

Ruffels

Moore

Dickie

Long

Brannagan

Gorrin

Woodburn

Browne

Taylor

Henry

Bass

Bolton

Burgess

Raggett

Brown

McGeehan

Morris

Cannon

Harness

Harrison

Curtis

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

1-2 vs Wycombe Wanderers (H)

L

1-1 vs Portsmouth (A)

D

3-2 vs Shrewsbury Town (A)

W

2-1 vs (H)

W

3-0 vs Accrington Stanley (H)

W

1-0 vs Ipswich Town (A)

W

5-0 vs (H)

W

0-1 vs Sunderland (H)

L

2-2 vs Burton Albion (A)

D

0-4 vs Peterborough United (A)

L
D

1-1 vs Oxford United (H)

D

2-2 vs (H)

L

0-2 vs Peterborough United (A)

L

0-2 vs Arsenal (H)

W

3-0 vs Rochdale (H)

W

3-1 vs Milton Keynes Dons (H)

L

0-1 vs (A)

W

3-2 vs Exeter City (H)

W

2-0 vs Shrewsbury Town (H)

L

0-1 vs Coventry City (A)

18

Goals Scored

14

7

Over 2.5 Goals

4

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

1-2 vs Wycombe Wanderers (H)

L

2-1 vs (H)

W

3-0 vs Accrington Stanley (H)

W

5-0 vs (H)

W

0-1 vs Sunderland (H)

L
D

1-1 vs Oxford United (H)

D

2-2 vs (H)

L

0-2 vs Arsenal (H)

W

3-0 vs Rochdale (H)

W

3-1 vs Milton Keynes Dons (H)

W

3-2 vs Exeter City (H)

W

2-0 vs Shrewsbury Town (H)

11

Goals Scored

14

4

Over 2.5 Goals

4

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

1-1 vs Portsmouth (A)

D

3-2 vs Shrewsbury Town (A)

W

1-0 vs Ipswich Town (A)

W

2-2 vs Burton Albion (A)

D

0-4 vs Peterborough United (A)

L
L

0-2 vs Peterborough United (A)

L

0-1 vs (A)

L

0-1 vs Coventry City (A)

7

Goals Scored

0

3

Over 2.5 Goals

0

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

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