The Sky Sports cameras make the trip to the south coast for some live League 1 action on Tuesday night as two unbeaten sides face off at Fratton Park. Our resident Pompey mush takes a look at the game and makes three betting tips using the Betfred Match Market…

Portsmouth vs Exeter Betting Tips

  • Back James Scott to score anytime @ 5/2
  • Back the draw in the Match Result Market @ 5/2
  • Back 1-1 in the Correct Score Market @ 11/2

Cards on the table. I am a Pompey fan but I’ll do my best to take that hat off when writing this piece.

We’ll look at the away side first and the Grecians have enjoyed a fine start to the season. An opening game 0-3 win on the road at Wycombe was backed up by a 0-0 home draw against a strong Blackpool side. Gary Caldwell’s side may have only squeaked past Crawley in the Carabao Cup but it was a hammering in terms of all the key stats outside of the scoreline.

22-year-old James Scott has been on the scoresheet in two of their three games so far and looks to be ready to unleash the potential that caused Hull to pay £1.5million for him as a 19-year-old. His time up on Humberside was not fruitful and he was released having only scored twice for the club in three seasons. He’s certainly the man to watch for the visitors.

Gary Caldwell wants his sides to be patient in the buildup phase of play and look to create chances. Midfielder Reece Cole described it as ‘sort of like a game of chess’ when speaking to the Exeter official site. This leads me to think it will be a low-scoring game without too many guilt-edge chances.

As for the home side, they needed an injury-time equaliser to take a point from Bristol Rovers on opening day before a very impressive 0-4 win on the road at Leyton Orient on Saturday really kickstarted their campaign.

Australian striker Kusini Yengi joined the club in the summer and he’s already found the back of the net four times in three games. His performances have caused optimism among the Fratton Faithful but Colby Bishop is still the main man up top. The 26-year-old scored 20 times in the league a year ago and he got his 23/24 total going with a poacher’s effort.

One thing to note is the home side have had a dreadful record in live TV in recent years. Back in Pompey’s better days when Premier League football was being played at Fratton Park, being on TV was a good thing. Even in the ITV Digital days more often than not results would be positive when on the box but in the past couple of years, outside of EFL Trophy games, it has been an issue. It might just be a coincidence but it is something to legitimately note.

I’m not expecting much goalmouth action and I do like the draw in this game. 1-1 is the shortest price in our Correct Score market priced up at 11/2 and that seems fair enough. If you like to dabble on the anytime scorer markets then James Scott at 5/2 looks good. He’s scored in both the games Exeter have found the back of the net in.

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