Pompey will look to continue the momentum they gained from their win over Accrington Stanley at the weekend by getting a good result when they host Blackpool tonight. They will also want revenge for earlier in the season when Blackpool beat the Blues 3-1 at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool are one of the many teams who are in with a chance of sneaking into the play-off spots at the end of the season, and are currently in eleventh place in League Two. The Tangerines are unbeaten in six league games but four of those have been draws. They go into the match fresh from a 4-1 victory over Carlisle at Blundell Park on Saturday, proof that Pompey will need to be careful.
One to watch:
Blackpool have a couple of good strikers but none have excelled so far this season. Nathan Delfouneso once turned out in the Premier League, while Kyle Vassell scored a brace against the Blues earlier in the season. Meanwhile, Jamille Matt is all too familiar with Pompey fans after terrorising them in the play-offs for Plymouth last season.
Blackpool play with a 4-4-2 system which can be used in a diamond system or a more traditional flat midfield. During Saturday’s game Vassell started up front with Delfouneso and, given the result, I can’t see Gary Bowyer changing it around too much.
We’ve seen you before…:
Blackpool do not have any ex-Pompey players in their squad at the moment, but they have two members of the Plymouth side that beat the Blues in last season’s play-off semi-finals. Kelvin Mellor will be turning out at right-back for the Tangerines while Jamille Matt will probably turn out from the bench.
From the last five games the Blues have won two and lost two so will be hoping to get another win tonight to make their record look more promising. The Blues are currently in sixth place, four points off of the automatic promotion places with a game in hand over Carlisle, Exeter, and Luton.
Pompey have named unchanged elevens in the past two matches, and with no new injury concerns I am expecting the same again tonight. Curtis Main seems to be injured indefinitely but otherwise the Blues will likely line up in the normal 4-2-3-1 system with Eoin Doyle leading the line ahead of Roberts, Bennett and Lowe.
Saturday’s performance was not the best but the result was more than satisfactory and, although I would take a similar outcome tonight, I’m hoping for a more convincing win this time around. I’ll go 3-1 to Pompey.
Man of the match prediction:
Eoin Doyle is yet to score his first goal for the Blues and it is surely only a matter of time before he opens his account. He was involved in both goals on Saturday and I think he could put in a similarly impressive display tonight.
First goalscorer prediction:
Gary Roberts has gone a while without a goal so I would not be surprised to see him score tonight. He could well score from the spot to bring the recent run of missed penalties to an end, but I really do not care as long as Pompey get a good result.