AGAINST ALL ODDS – City v Portsmouth

The League table shows Saturday’s match to be between two of the three worst teams in the Premier League, as third-bottom City host rock-bottom Portsmouth. The visitors have lost eight of their nine game so far, yet can be backed as high as 13/8 (Boylesports) to rack up a ninth defeat at the weekend, while their only points so far came from a win at Wolves – 19/10 (Totesport) is on offer if you fancy them doubling their season’s total.

It’s hard to make a case for either side really. SkyBet currently offer the longest price on the draw at 12/5, which one suspects will attract plenty of interest. In April, the sides played out a turgid 0-0 draw at the Circle. A repeat would require both sides to keep only their second clean sheets of the season, but given the frayed nerves that’ll be in evidence, plus City’s painfully laboured attacking efforts on Monday, it looks a reasonable punt at 10/1 (SportingBet). Covering it with under 2.5 goals in the game (4/5, generally available) may not be a bad idea either.

With both sides already in relegation trouble, it’s interesting to look longer term too. Both sides are odds-on to go down (City 1/2, Portsmouth 8/13), while unsurprisingly the shortest odds to finish 20th are also reserved for these two sides: 7/4 being available on either. Oh, and the two managers involved, Messrs Brown and Hart, are also leading the “Sack Race”, joint 5/2 favourites to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

Cheery stuff, eh?

3 replies
  1. garreth
    garreth says:

    Portsmouth are going to be all over us, we have the worst defence in the leauge.

  2. david
    david says:

    Unfortunately I have to agree!
    We look toothless and Pompey although obviously having problems have got to be the unluckiest Prem side in history.
    They absolutely battered both Everton and Spurs at home and according to reports other sides as well.
    I hope they leave their shooting boots at home but I fear the worst. They have been here before but know what it takes. I can see them pulling clear but with Brown not knowing his best side or a route to goal…………..

  3. Unhappy
    Unhappy says:

    Even that dindane might get a goal against us! But keeping the faith…….City to win a scrappy encounter, after all i dont think many would of backed us against wigan and we pulled it off!

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