Off The Line Preview: Pompey v Wycombe Wanderers

Fan Hub partner Off The Line looks ahead to Pompey’s Fratton Park clash with Wycombe Wanderers.

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

Pompey will want to get back to winning ways in the league after defeat last time out and they welcome Wycombe Wanderers to Fratton Park.

Pompey’s eight game unbeaten run came to an end in midweek as they were defeated 1-0 by fellow play-off chasers Plymouth. The result leaves the Blues eight points off the play-offs while visitors Wycombe sit seven points ahead of them.

Pompey will need most likely six wins from their last eight games to even stand a chance of getting into the play-offs which seems highly unlikely with Wycombe, Bolton, Rotherham, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday still to play.

Michael Jacobs is set to be back which will be a boost for Pompey fans while Marcus Harness should also be back from suspension to give Danny Cowley some attacking options, as Cowley looks to mark a year in charge at Fratton Park with a win.

Wycombe’s mid-season slump seems to have come to an end with a run of four league games unbeaten, picking up three wins. The Chairboys drew with table-toppers Rotherham 0-0 last weekend and followed that up with a 1-0 late victory over Fleetwood in midweek.

The change of system to a 4-2-3-1 has clearly paid off for Ainsworth, whose substitutes changed the game in midweek. The arrival of Adebayo Akinfenwa – who still has it at the age of 39 – and Brandon Hanlan were what made the difference as Wycombe took all three points in the 94th minute. Hanlan will be pushing for a start this weekend while Wycombe’s centre backs will have to be on their toes to stop George Hirst running in behind.

Prediction: Pompey 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers – Pompey will be victorious at a sold out Fratton Park this week, keeping their faint play-off hopes alive. They will just have too much pace on the break for Wycombe to deal with.

One to Watch: Ryan Tafazolli – Wycombe centre back Ryan Tafazolli has been back in the side for Wycombe’s upturn in form. They have only conceded four goals in that time and his defending at set pieces especially will be under the microscope as he comes up against Sean Raggett.

Last Time: A Marcus Harness goal was enough to earn Pompey all three points at Wycombe back in November.

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