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Portsmouth v Derby: Prediction, Tips and Odds

The top two in League One go to war at Fratton Park, where hosts Portsmouth will be hoping to cement their place at the summit with a victory over Derby.

Pompey have a five-point cushion over Derby and they have a game in hand too, so look in a convincing position to secure their Championship return with the title.

Portsmouth are unbeaten in 13 matches and have not suffered a league defeat since the middle of January, while the Rams have won seven of their last ten and are gaining a head of steam.

However, Derby have plenty to prove on their travels and this is a must-win match for them if they are to get promoted as champions.

Portsmouth v Derby

Portsmouth v Derby betting tips and predictions

Portsmouth to win - 5/4

Portsmouth are closing in on the League One title and they can move one step closer with victory over Derby, who are their nearest pursuers yet five points off the furious pace that is being set.

Pompey are on a 13-game unbeaten run and they have won ten of those fixtures, dropping points only in draws with Oxford, Charlton and Blackpool.

During that run, John Mousinho's side have won five straight home league games while they have won back-to-back away fixtures at promotion rivals Peterborough and Wycombe.

A home clash with Derby is no easy feat, but on current form, it is hard to see anything other than a Portsmouth win.

The Rams have won five of their last six league games, but they have lost two of their last three away matches, going down at Barnsley and Northampton.

In fact, Derby have dropped points in four of their last seven away games and road trips don't get much tougher than a visit to Fratton Park, where Portsmouth have triumphed in 13 of their 19 games and scored 34 goals.

When these two met at Pride Park in September, it ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Rams had only one shot on target, so they were quite fortuitous to hang on for a point.

Those statistics may be more exaggerated at Portsmouth, who have scored 15 goals in racking up five successive home league wins.

Over 2.5 goals - 21/20

Title tussles can be cagey affairs, but the goals should flow during this top-of-the-table encounter.

Although Portsmouth are on a 13-game unbeaten run, they have kept only six clean sheets in that sequence, and both teams have scored in their last five home matches.

In fact, Mousinho's men have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 home league outings which should fill the Rams with plenty of confidence that they can get on the scoresheet.

Over 2.5 goals has landed in Portsmouth's last seven home league games while the same bet has obliged in three of Derby's last four on the road.

That offers plenty of hope for an entertaining encounter and, interestingly, both teams have scored in 12 of the last 14 meetings between these title rivals.

Given that there have been three or more goals in ten of Portsmouth's last 12 home games in all competitions, this looks likely to follow suit despite the magnitude of the occasion, and readers can profit from a lively encounter.

Colby Bishop to score first - 4/1

Portsmouth have scored the opening goal in four of their last five league games and top scorer Colby Bishop could get them off to a fast start against title rivals Derby.

Bishop has struck 18 times in 41 appearances this season and is averaging a goal every 181 minutes, which ought to strike fear into the Rams.

The 27-year-old opened the scoring after only three minutes away at Wycombe on Good Friday and he could repeat the dose against Derby, who have plenty to prove on their travels.

Bishop has opened the scoring on six occasions this season, and he was on target when these two drew 1-1 at Pride Park in September. 

Being on penalty duty is another string to Bishop's bow and that makes odds of 4/1 appealing in this crunch clash.

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Portsmouth v Derby odds

Portsmouth - 5/4
Draw -
Derby -

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