Doncaster v Portsmouth Betting Tips: Home is where the heart is for Doncaster

Jan 04 2017

Thursday’s League Two match sees two teams looking for automatic promotion go head-to-head as Doncaster Rovers host Portsmouth at Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster currently top the fourth tier and, whilst they are only one point ahead of second place, they are seven ahead of the play-offs. Darren Ferguson’s team are currently on a good run having won three of their last four league matches, conceding just one goal.

A few weeks ago Rovers were scoring goals for fun and blowing teams away rather than securing more solid victories. However, in recent weeks they have gone the other way and have now become more reliable at the back which means they are winning far more games without conceding. If they bring back the attacking flair from a few weeks ago, they’ll pretty much have the perfect formula.

Ferguson’s men have been excellent at home this season and are still undefeated at the Keepmoat Stadium, winning their last four.

Portsmouth find themselves in fourth place but still a rather large four points from the automatic promotion spots. Pompey’s recent form has been rather inconsistent and they have not won back-to-back league matches since the end of October/beginning of November.

Paul Cook’s side have the joint best defensive record in the league with just 22 goals conceded in 24 matches whilst they have kept two clean sheets in their last two matches. However, going forward has been a bit of problem with Portsmouth netting more than one goal on just one occasion in their last six games.

Pompey are pretty good on the road and have not lost a league match away from Fratton Park since September. With this in mind, they may feel confident ahead of this trip. However, such is Doncaster’s form at home right now, it’s hard to fancy the visitors to get the better of this one. 

Although both of these two sides are in good form, the home team are certainly favoured. In such games, playing at home offers a big advantage and if Doncaster can continue to keep things tight at the back then there’s every chance they’ll have more than enough quality to cause the necessary damage at the other end. Back Doncaster to come out on top at 8/5. 

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