Portsmouth vs Salford CityEFL Trophy, KO: 15:00 Mar 13, 2021, Wembley Stadium
The rearranged 2020 EFL Trophy is finally set to take place as Portsmouth square off against Salford City at Wembley Stadium. Neither team has impressed in the build up to Saturday’s match and should serve up a low scoring contest.
Portsmouth warned up for Saturday’s clash with a 2-0 home defeat in a League One clash on Tuesday. Despite playing at home, they never got going and finished without a single attempt on target.
It was the third straight defeat for Kenny Jackett's men, who have seen their League One promotion challenge come off the rails in recent weeks. They will welcome the distraction of the EFL Trophy and will hope use it as a springboard to jumpstart their season.
Goals appear to be a problem for Pompey lately as they have failed to score more than once in each of their last seven matches.
Salford City are also heading to Wembley off the back of a defeat as they lost 1-0 at Crawley Town in a midweek League Two fixture. They fell behind early in the first half and failed to find a way back into the contest despite dominating the possession.
Just like Portsmouth, Richie Wellens' men have also found things difficult in recent weeks and are currently out of the promotion places in League Two. They have claimed just one victory in their last seven matches and head to Wembley winless in their last two.
Salford City have also struggled in attack lately, failing to score more than once in their last seven matches in all competitions.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Portsmouth as the favourites here with William Hill backing the League Two team at 20/21 to win. A victory for Salford City is priced at 3/1 by bet365 while a draw is set at odds of 5/2 by the same firm.
With both teams having similar struggles in recent weeks, Saturday’s clash is likely to end in a draw.
Head to head
This is the first ever meeting between Portsmouth and Salford City.
Players to watch
John Marquis has been the standout player for Portsmouth with 13 goals this season. The striker is priced at 12/10 in the anytime goalscorer market by bet365 while the first goal is valued at 37/10 by the same firm.
James Wilson will be the one to watch for Salford City with seven goals to his name this season. Bet365 has the forward at 24/10 to score anytime while also backing him at 7/1 in the first goalscorer market.
Anything else catch the eye?
It could also be worth a punt betting on only one team to score with Portsmouth priced at 3/1 by bet365 in that market while also backing Salford City at 11/2. There could also be some value in the clean sheet market with Portsmouth priced at 6/4 by bet365 not to concede while also backing Salford City at 10/3.
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