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Wycombe v Portsmouth preview: Pompey taken to prevail

There is televised action coming from League One on Sunday as Wycombe entertain promotion-chasing Portsmouth at Adams Park.

Four straight draws have seen Pompey fall out of the playoff places but they have lost only two of their 17 league outings and are faring considerably better than hosts Wycombe. 

The Chairboys are failing to live up to last season's standards and losing that playoff final to Sunderland has taken some recovering from. 

Gareth Ainsworth's side sit 12th in England's third tier, having lost eight of their opening 19 games. Despite having played two more matches than draw-specialists Portsmouth, Wycombe are four points and five places worse off than their opponents in the table. 

The hope for the home team is they may be more refreshed than Portsmouth after a two-week layoff as their visitors were in FA Cup action last weekend. 

Wycombe are 29/20 for victory, the draw is 5/2, while Portsmouth are 9/5 to take all three points back with them to the south coast.

What: Wycombe v Portsmouth, League One 
Where: Adams Park, High Wycombe 
When: 12.30, Sunday 4th December 2022 
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event 
Odds: Wycombe 29/20, Draw 5/2, Portsmouth 9/5

Leaky Chairboys must tighten up defensively This fixture will be first-ever 'EFL Access All Areas' and supporters will get more behind-the-scenes access than ever before, with on-pitch audio, dressing room footage and exclusive interviews among the new features. 

That shouldn't have too much of an impact on the pair's performances and Ainsworth will be hoping his team return rejuvenated after a much-needed 15-day rest. 

Wycombe have had a disappointing start to the campaign but plenty of last season's quality remains, albeit Curtis Thompson is still sidelined and Joe Jacobson misses out through suspension. 

Ainsworth could welcome back Chris Forino and Sullay Kaikai, however, and they have still been capable of the occasional strong performance this term. 

The Chairboys have won only one of their last five games but prior to that they had won three on the spin, which includes victory at Oxford and the home scalp of playoff occupants Peterborough. 

While scoring goals is proving no problem with Anis Mehmeti, Garath McCleary and Sam Vokes in attack, defensively they have been suspect. 

Wycombe have conceded 24 goals in 19 games and have managed only two clean sheets from nine home games. 

Ainsworth's men have been held to score draws by Morecambe and Port Vale in their last two home games and were beaten 3-2 by Cambridge prior to that, so may be fearing their worst given Portsmouth's firepower. 

One or both teams have failed to score in the last four meetings between the pair. However, that could change on this season's evidence with both teams having scored in Wycombe's last four home games. 

It is a 7/10 chance for both teams to score this weekend.

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Draws proving costly for Pompy 

Only second-placed Ipswich have lost as few games as Portsmouth (two) have in League One this season, but it is the number of draws that are damaging their promotion bid. 

Danny Cowley's men have shared the spoils in eight of their 17 league games and that includes stalemates in their last four outings. 

Draws with Oxford and Derby can be forgiven but finishing all-level with Shrewsbury and Morecambe will be seen as dropped points, something Cowley knows his team must cut out. 

Defensively Portsmouth are especially strong - they have conceded just 18 goals in 17 games - but they are also struggling to put teams away with the chances they create. 

The south coasters have netted 26 times in the third tier this term but have failed to score more than once in any of their last seven league outings. 

However, Portsmouth have played in two cup competitions since their last league outing, which was the 0-0 draw at home to Derby. 

Cowley's crew did win 2-0 at Ipswich in the EFL Trophy proceeding that bore draw with Derby and were then 3-2 winners at home to MK Dons in the FA Cup. 

Colby Bishop was twice on target from the penalty spot against the Dons, which took his tally to 13 goals from 20 appearances in all competitions this season. 

He is 8/5 to make his mark once more. That should fill them with plenty of confidence ahead of a trip to Adams Park, where they have won on two of their last three League One visits. 

Jayden Reid, Louis Thompson and Tom Lowery remain out for Portsmouth but, nevertheless, the visitors are the most likely winners at 9/5

But, given their drawing record, the draw-no-bet option at 10/11 is the way for punters to approach this.

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