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Portsmouth vs Oxford United Betting Tips & Odds - Rivals set for League One play-off stalemate

  • Portsmouth and Oxford United meet in the League One play-offs
  • Pompey host the first leg at Fratton Park on Friday
  • Oxford won 5 matches in a row to make the play-offs
  • Read on for our Portsmouth vs Oxford preview and predictions
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Fratton Park stages the League One play-off between Portsmouth and Oxford (Getty Images)

Portsmouth and Oxford United get the EFL League One play-offs underway on Friday when they meet at Fratton Park. Who will take the early advantage in the search promotion to the Championship?

Portsmouth Form


Portsmouth benefitted from the curtailment of the League One season with Kenny Jackett's side having faltered before the season was postponed. Defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup was followed by a loss to Peterborough and a draw with fellow play-off hopefuls Fleetwood Town.

Despite five of his players testing positive for coronavirus, Jackett will hope the break in the season will have given Portsmouth a chance to overcome the minor blip and return to the form that had seen them win 13 of the 15 games in all competitions prior to losing to Arsenal. 

Portsmouth Team News


Christian Burgess, Brett Pitman, Matt Casey, Adam May, Lee Brown, Oli Hawkins and Brandon Haunstrup have all agreed short-term contract extensions and will be available for the play-offs, while Steve Seddon, Sean Raggett, Cameron McGeehan and Ross McCrorie have extended their loan deals. 

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild will be available after recovering from a knock, but Luke McGee and Bradley Lethbridge will not be in Jackett's squad after deciding to leave.

Oxford United Form


Oxford flew into the play-off picture on the back of five straight victories in League One to sit in fourth spot - level on points with Portsmouth with identical win-draw-loss records for the 35 games played.

Karl Robinson's side had developed a real threat in front of goal during that five-game winning run that ultimately carried them into the play-offs at the expense of the likes of Peterborough, Sunderland, Doncaster and Ipswich.

Oxford United Team News


Sam Long has signed a new contract and will be in the Oxford squad, but a decision on Rob Hall's availability will be made by the Football League after he spent the second half of the season on loan at Forest Green.

Portsmouth vs Oxford United Head to Head


The two sides drew 1-1 when they met at Fratton Park in November with the scheduled fixture at Kassam Stadium one of the cancelled matches. Things also ended level when Oxford hosted Portsmouth at Kassam Stadium in the EFL Trophy in October, a tie that finished 2-2 before Pompey won 3-2 in extra-time.

Portsmouth vs Oxford United Odds


Portsmouth are 2.05 with bet365 to win the opening leg of the play-off with Oxford 3.30 to take an advantage back to the Kassam Stadium. A draw is 3.40 to happen in the first leg.

Portsmouth vs Oxford United Match Up


There was nothing to split Portsmouth and Oxford in the two 90 minutes results this season, or on points gained from the 35 League One matches played. That suggests we're in for a close contest across the two legs. Friday's first game will boil down to which team comes out of the lockdown period the fitter and better prepared.  

Portsmouth vs Oxford United Stats


  • Portsmouth have won 13 of their last 18 matches (all competitions).
  • Portsmouth have seen BTTS No in 9 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
  • Portsmouth have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches against Oxford (all competitions).
  • Portsmouth have seen BTTS in their last 4 matches against Oxford (all competitions).
  • Oxford won 5 matches in a row to move into the play-off places before the season was ended.
  • Oxford have scored 14 goals in their last 5 games (League One).

Portsmouth vs Oxford FAQ

Where can I watch the Portsmouth vs Oxford live stream online?

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Where is Portsmouth vs Oxford being played?

Portsmouth vs Oxford is being played at Fratton Park in Portsmouth, England.

When is Portsmouth vs Oxford being played?

Portsmouth vs Oxford is being played at 17:30 BST on Friday 3 July 2020.

What competition is Portsmouth vs Oxford being played in?

Portsmouth vs Oxford is the first leg of the League One play-off semi-finals.

Verdict

A draw offers value given that these two sides are so closely matched. We look set for a cracking tie over the two legs and one that goes the distance.

Best Bet: Draw Full-Time Result @3.30 at bet365 - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @6.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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