Portsmouth vs Rochdale Match Info
Date: Saturday 13th April 2019
Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Portsmouth vs Rochdale Match Stats
- Portsmouth have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions
- Rochdale have lost just one of their last six League One fixtures
- The Dale have won just one of their ten previous meetings with Pompey
Portsmouth vs Rochdale Head-to-Head
Last Three Results:
07 Apr 2018 – Rochdale 3-3 Portsmouth – League One
29 Sep 2018 – Rochdale 1-3 Portsmouth – League One
02 Dec 2018 – Rochdale 0-1 Portsmouth – FA Cup
Full Head-to-Head Record:
Portsmouth wins: 25
Rochdale wins: 33
Portsmouth vs Rochdale Match Preview
Portsmouth find themselves embroiled in a battle for promotion this season. After bringing in Kenny Jackett as manager following promotion into League One two seasons ago, the South Coast club have continued to progress and build a solid squad without endangering the future of the club after the tough times they have previously endured and as things stand, that squad sits in fourth place in the League One table with five games remaining.
A run of seven wins from their last eight games has secured the EFL Trophy for Pompey after a penalty victory over Sunderland at Wembley Stadium two weeks ago but they’re now looking to avoid another trip to the national stadium by going up automatically rather than through the play-offs. With just three points separating the Hampshire side from the Black Cats who currently sit in second, they need to ensure they win out here at 8/15 with PaddyPower to keep the pressure on the top two.
Rochdale are struggling at the other end of the League One table at the moment though. The bottom half of the third-tier table is fascinating viewing at the moment, with just six points separating 13th placed Gillingham and 23rd placed Walsall as things stand and the Dale find themselves very much in the mix of that relegation scrap with Tuesday night’s win at Accrington hauling them up to 19th in the table.
Having only lost to second-placed Sunderland in their last six games since sacking manager Keith Hill and replacing him with former midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy, the Dale have really picked up of late and look in a decent position to avoid the drop now, although the whole complexion of the bottom half can change week by week given how tight it is at the moment. You can back the Greater Manchester outfit for an unlikely win here at 24/5 with William Hill.
The hosts should have enough quality to earn the victory here. Pompey have ground out wins in their last five games, but they’ve conceded six times in that game and in Rochdale, they come up against a side that have struggled defensively all season but maintained a threat going forward, largely through captain Ian Henderson. Dale have only failed to score in one of their six games under Barry-Murphy so far, so we’re on the home win and BTTS bet at Bet365.
Brett Pitman has been a key part of the Pompey attack this season, scoring 11 times in all competitions and linking up well with the likes of Jamal Lowe and Ronan Curtis. The 31 year old striker has bagged four times in his last four league games, including a brace in the win over Walsall last weekend, and scored in the reverse fixture against the Dale earlier this season so he’s our anytime scorer pick here at 13/8 with PaddyPower.
Portsmouth vs Rochdale Betting Tips
Brett Pitman to score at any time @ 13/8 with PaddyPower
Home win and BTTS @ 5/2 with Bet365
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