Off The Line Preview: Cheltenham Town v Pompey

Fan Hub partner Off The Line looks ahead to Pompey’s trip to Cheltenham Town.

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

Pompey will look to bring to an end their winless run in the league as they face Cheltenham Town on the road.

Cheltenham have seen 44 goals in their last 10 league games scoring 22 and conceding just as many. Last weekend they were in a thrilling game away at Accrington in which they scored twice in added time to come away with a point.

Michael Duff has spoken about the fact Cheltenham have a happy and healthy squad coming into this one. George Lloyd started up front alongside Alfie May last weekend with Kian Etete edging closer to coming back for Cheltenham.

While Michael Duff will be happy that his side have come into the goals, I’m sure the former defender would rather his side were defensively solid.

Portsmouth are without a win in their last four league games. They have drawn three of them and seem to be struggling in front of goal yet again with only one goal scored.

Portsmouth have played Cheltenham eight times in recent history and not lost although six have been draws. Pompey have only lost one in their last 11 league games.

However, they have drawn three games recently which sees them sit 12 points outside the play-offs and it looks like it will take a lot for them to finish in the top six. That being said Danny Cowley will have an eye on the summer as he looks for promotion next season having had a solid first full season in charge.

Prediction: Cheltenham Town 0-0 Portsmouth
Cheltenham will manage to hold Portsmouth to a fourth draw in five games. Portsmouth will yet again struggle in front of goal while Cheltenham look to prioritise defence.

One to Watch: Will Boyle – Cheltenham defender Will Boyle chipped in with two goals last weekend. Boyle has been excellent under Duff’s tutorage and will be vital as they look to improve defensively this weekend.

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