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Derby vs Portsmouth – Winner could find themselves in play-offs

| 05.11.2010

The last time Portsmouth lost a game, they were bottom of the Championship.

In the seven games Portsmouth have played since that loss to Sheffield United, they have won six and draw one and have rocketed up to 10th in the Division, just a point away from the play-off positions.

Match Odds

Portsmouth are 2/1 to win at Pride Park in Saturday’s evening kick-off, and considering the form of the south coast club, that seems a big price.

Derby are level on points with Portsmouth but have a superior goal difference thanks to the 18 goals they have scored in their seven games at home and are 13/10 to win at home.

The last time these two met at Pride Park was in the 2007/08 Premier League season and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

It’s 23/10 that the two sides will share the spoils and 14/1 is available for the 2-2 score line in the Championship betting market.

Total Goals

Kris Commons is Derby’s leading scorer this season with seven of the club’s 25 goals and he is 6/1 to score first.

It’s a game that over the years has produced a vast quantity of goals, in the four occasions the sides have met this millennium, 19 goals have been produced and with the goal line set at 2.5, backing over 2.5 goals at around 4/5 seems the best bet.

Portsmouth have managed 21 goals in the Championship this season and the front three of Liam Lawrence, Dave Kitson and David Nugent are sharing them around equally.

But Lawrence is the more attractive proposition of the three at 10/1 to score the first goal.

With plenty of goals expected it’s worth exploring the half-time/full-time market with 14/1 is available for Derby to be leading at half-time and drawing at full-time.

It’s 15/8 for there to be four or more goals in the game. See the full Derby vs Portsmouth betting odds here.

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Author

Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.