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Burton brilliant value to beat Pompey for first time

| 06.09.2014

Burton Albion have never beaten Portsmouth, but before last season these two sides had never even met. The Brewers are undefeated in all competitions this term, however, and top League Two, so are worthy 5/4 favourites with Coral for three points against Pompey.

It’s a case of how the mighty have fallen at Fratton Park. Famous UEFA Cup nights under Harry Redknapp, including a memorable home draw against AC Milan, were just six years ago. Now Portsmouth are in the bottom tier of English league football, having survived winding up orders.

Pompey are 11/5 outsiders for victory at Burton, and an 11/1 chance to record a repeat result of 2-1 from their away day there last term. For boss Andy Awford, attacking midfielder Jed Wallace and journeyman striker Craig Westcarr have led the way for goals, each averaging one every other game.

They are the main dangers that the home defence must pit themselves against here. Wallace is a tempting 4/1 to add to his four goals from eight appearances in all competitions anytime. Westcarr, meanwhile, has three in six, but is shorter in this market at 2/1.

Both sides drew a blank in their last encounter in March, and odds of 11/1 say it’ll be 0-0 again. A share of the spoils whatever the exact score is a safer 9/4. Burton chose to offload last term’s leading marksman Billy Kee in favour of Stuart Beavon, who signed from Preston North End.

As the former Wycombe Wanderers frontman dropped down a division to become a Brewer, his signature can be seen as something of a coup. Odds of 6/4 say Beavon will be on target anytime, and add to his three goals in all competitions for Albion.

Gary Rowett was bitterly disappointed to have been beaten in the play-offs for the second successive season, so the Burton boss’ resolve seems hardened on automatic promotion. Both these sides should certainly figure in the race to go up.

Portsmouth and the Brewers are both rated equal 13/10 chances at this early stage by Coral to be playing in League One next season.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.