It’s not that difficult to find a lower league club that is struggling with financial burdens, but Crystal Palace and Portsmouth are poorer than most and the two face off on Tuesday looking for their first win of the season.
Relegated from the Premier League, Portsmouth find themselves at the foot of the Championship and after a mass exodus of players during the summer, it doesn’t look like things will get much better for the Pompey faithful.
Crystal Palace also suffered financial woe last season, resulting in Neil Warnock and their top goal scorer to seek pastures new, but they’ve managed to capture some decent loan signings and George Burley will hope they can steer Palace away from relegation.
James Vaughan and Anthony Gardner are set for their home debuts whilst Edgar Davids may return after missing the game against Reading.
But Palace are still without Darren Ambrose and Wilfried Zaha which leaves Burley looking to Vaughan to find his first Palace goal.
However, Portsmouth fans can be optimistic as they haven’t lost to Palace in seven games, including a win on penalties in the League Cup earlier in the season, they are 11/5 to come away with all three points.
Steve Cotterill’s side will be boosted by their draw at Ipswich on Saturday but Cotterill will be without Aaron Mokoena, Hermann Hreidarsson and Danny Webber.
Cotterill will also be worried by Portsmouth’s inability to find the net, they have only managed one goal this season and the 0-0 stalemate looks tempting at 8/1.
Palace are 5/4 to beat Pompey at home but with both clubs missing vital players, the draw looks the best bet at 23/10.
Vaughan is 9/2 to get the first goal and open his Palace account. See the full Crystal Palace vs Portsmouth match betting market here.