Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that Oxford United will seal their fourth straight league win when they travel to face Kenny Jackett’s stuttering Portsmouth side on Saturday.
Karl Robinson’s side have been in excellent form of late to see them climb into the League One play-off places, while they also sealed a memorable EFL Cup victory over Sunderland on Tuesday night.
This means the Us will be heading to Fratton Park with plenty of confidence as they aim to extend their winning run against Pompey, who are sitting 16th in the League One table following an underwhelming start to the season.
Jackett’s men sealed a 1-0 victory over Lincoln during their last match on home soil, but this was just their fourth success in 13 league matches this campaign, and they were held to a 2-2 with Bristol Rovers last time out.
Speaking via the Sky Sports website, Prutton has now predicted that Pompey’s woes will continue against Oxford, who he has backed to claim a 2-0 victory following their EFL Cup heroics during the week.
“The Portsmouth owners have shown a good amount of faith in Kenny Jackett, with the fans getting increasingly frustrated at their position in the league table,” he said.
“Oxford are scoring goals for fun and look like they have forgotten how to lose. Midweek was also great for them and they now have a Carabao Cup quarter-final to look forward to. Their confidence should see them through at Fratton Park.”
Who will come out on top?
Oxford are showing no signs of their impressive form dropping off, and this should see them seal a victory over Jackett’s inconsistent side, who have struggled to reach the heights of last term.
It is surprising that Jackett is still in charge at Fratton Park given his side’s hugely disappointing start to the campaign, and a defeat against Oxford on home soil could see his relationship with the fan base stoop to a new low.
The Pompey boss knows his side will need to produce a prolonged run of positive results sooner rather than later, which means it is not good timing for them to come up against the most in-form side in the division.