Portsmouth are back at Fratton Park this Saturday as Shrewsbury Town make the long trip down from Shropshire to the south coast.
Pompey will still have Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Coventry City at the front of their minds. However, Kenny Jackett’s side also have a golden chance to bounce back at the first time of asking.
The Shrews are 11 places below Pompey in the League One table in 17th, and have been in poor form for the last two months.
Sam Rickett’s side have not won a league game since before Christmas – a sequence of nine games without victory.
However, Pompey will have to be wary as they have won just once in their last five games against Shrewsbury.
The Blues will be looking to turn that statistic in their favour, and here, we look at TWO ways that Pompey can hurt the Shropshire side on the weekend…
Making the most of set-pieces
The game is bound to be challenging for both sides, with swirling wind expected to cause a few issues. However, Portsmouth have to continue to to use set-pieces to their advantage as Shrewsbury have not been strong at aerial duels this season.
This season on average, the Shrews win 22.9 aerials per game, according to WhoScored. That compares to Pompey, who average 33.9.
Looking at those statistics, corners and indirect free-kicks will be important for Portsmouth, and they should look to get Christian Burgess or Sean Raggett up for routines to increase their chance of scoring.
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Keeping tight at the back
Another way Pompey can nullify Shrewsbury is simple – to keep a clean sheet. Although it is easier said than done, the Shrews have struggled for goals this season – they average less than a goal per game in League One.
In recent times, the Shropshire side have found the net just once in their last four league games, which is a damning statistic.
Therefore, if Portsmouth keep their shape about them at the back, they will have a higher chance of keeping a shut-out, considering Shrewsbury’s lack of attacking intent.