Table-toppers Plymouth will need to be at their best to take all three points on Saturday.
Plymouth v Portsmouth - Saturday 15:00
Portsmouth are still talking like a team that’s competing for the title. Last weekend, Paul Cook was at pains to stress the importance of a 1-0 away win at Leyton Orient in keeping the deficit on Plymouth down to eight points, rather than allowing it to grow into double figures, which is all part of the constant tug-of-war that Pompey have with pressure.
The word is never far away from Cook’s lips. One minute, he talks as though it’s not there and his players don’t feel it. The next, it’s ten-fold compared to other teams but his players handle it brilliantly. But always the desire to escape more of it is greater than the need to just ignore it and not even mention it whatsoever.
Plymouth don’t do pressure, they rarely even do scintillating performances. They just do results. If there’s anything in a game for them, they usually take it. The Pilgrims are ten unbeaten now - nine wins - and their 2-1 victory at Stevenage last weekend with a brace from centre back Sonny Bradley was symbolic of Derek Asams’ capacity to always squeeze an edge out of his resources.
Given the emphasis Cook has placed on the gap, and his satisfaction with what is currently is, the value has to be with the draw here. Pompey must be respectful of a team who are more efficient, Argyle of the fact that Pompey have better players. Additional bets on the Draw/Draw half time/full time outcome at 9/2 and the 1-1 correct score at 6/1 are also advised.