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3 Accrington Stanley weaknesses Portsmouth must exploit this weekend



This weekend sees Portsmouth make the arduous journey north to face Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium in League One.

After drawing 2-2 at home to promotion-chasing Peterborough United, Jackett and co will be eager to extend that unbeaten League One run to eight games but also get back to winning ways.

A win on Saturday could see them climb as high as fifth place after all.

So, here we take a look at THREE Accrington weaknesses the south-coast side could exploit…

Lack of goals

This may be an odd point to make given their last home clash finished in a 7-1 victory, but that Bolton clash is clearly somewhat of an anomaly this season.

Prior to that game, John Coleman’s side had only scored more than one goal four times in 19 games this season, meaning that Jackett will not have to prioritise his defence as much as he would against other sides.

This will mean he can play to the strengths of his side which are undoubtedly in attack, and allow the likes of Ronan Curtis to fly forward when they can.

Central advantage

In recent weeks, Coleman has deployed his side in a flat 4-4-2 formation.

This will give the likes of John Marguis, Gareth Evans, Andy Cannon or whoever else is deployed just behind the striker plenty of room to operate.

With just two men in midfield compared to the Pompey five, Accrington will not be able to man mark every body and that extra man could prove to be a big advantage on the day.


This is probably a bit harsh using him as the headline here, but the frailty at the back that Accrington possess will be a big advantage for Portsmouth.

They have kept just three clean sheets all season so Jackett’s side need not concern themselves too much with not scoring as chances are always likely to come their way.

As the form side you would definitely fancy them to gobble them up as well and punish Evtimov and co.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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