Off The Line Preview: Pompey v Morecambe

Fan Hub partner Off The Line previews Pompey’s home match with Morecambe.

You can read their full Sky Bet League One weekend preview here.

Stephen Robinson will be looking for a response from his side after their poor showing in midweek as they travel to Fratton Park to face a resurgent Pompey side.

Portsmouth were impressive in midweek, however they really struggled to take all three points against Sheffield Wednesday. They did get a point and their long unbeaten run is now extended to eight league games. George Hirst was a constant menace against the side he started his career at.

Hirst and Ronan Curtis were both very good in an attacking sense, but the lack of cutting edge will worry the Cowley’s, especially after they only just managed to beat Gillingham in the league game before that, scoring late on. The key to Portsmouth getting a result will be Marcus Harness, who was very quiet in midweek and will need to turn up against Morecambe this weekend.

Morecambe have only won one game in their last eleven in the league. On Tuesday night they were defeated 5-0 by Sunderland with manager Stephen Robinson saying he was “humiliated and embarrassed by the result.”

The worry for Morecambe is they are now only a point outside the relegation zone and are struggling. They have conceded the most goals in the league by a mile with 42 goals now being conceded in 20 games.

They need to find a way to stop shipping these goals especially on their travels where they have conceded 25 goals. I think it shows how reliant they were on Cole Stockton in the early part out scoring their opposition, but Robinson has to find a way to stop leaking goals.

Prediction: Portsmouth 5-0 Morecambe
Portsmouth will still be livid with them not being clinical in front of goal in midweek. They will react in a positive manner here, putting Morecambe to the sword.

One to Watch: Ronan Curtis was brilliant in midweek without getting a goal to show for it. He will be determined to finally get a goal to go as Portsmouth’s outright highest goal-scorer this century, with him currently level with Yakubu.

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