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Portsmouth vs Reading prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 17 February 2024

Kick-Off: 15:00 UK, 16:00 CET

Venue: Fratton Park

The odds are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change. Check carefully before finalising your wager with your bookmaker.

South Stand
South Stand

​​Portsmouth vs Reading: Top free betting tips

Which of these fallen giants will triumph? Our Portsmouth vs Reading prediction backs the hosts to continue their push towards direct promotion with another home win. 

Leaders Portsmouth enjoy some breathing space at the top now after collecting 13 points from the last 15 on offer (W4 D1). Reading are also unbeaten in their last 5 matches (W2 D3) and this helped the Royals to exit the relegation zone. 

​Goalscorer anytime prediction: Colby Bishop to score anytime

Our first Portsmouth vs Reading prediction backs Pompey’s star striker Bishop to find the back of the net again in this match. Bishop has 15 league goals in 31 appearances. He has scored in 44% of all home matches so far too.

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals

We expect an open game and that’s why our next Portsmouth vs Reading prediction is for at least 3 total goals. In all of Portsmouth’s last 4 home matches, there were more than 2 goals scored. Also, the last 2 H2Hs went over 2.5 goals. 

​​​​Correct score prediction: 3-1 to Portsmouth

Our final Portsmouth vs Reading prediction is as tradition dictates our attempt to give you the most likely final score. We fancy Pompey to win and we can see them possibly doing that with a 3-1 result.

Pompey’s last home win was a 3-1 triumph. They also scored 3 goals in the first league meeting vs Reading – a 3-2 away win. The Royals tend to struggle defensively on the road – 29 of the 45 conceded goals this season had come in away matches.

​How far will Reading’s fans travel to Portsmouth?

The short journey for this game makes us believe that many fans of the Royals will leave the comforts of Berkshire behind and head towards the south coast. 

The driving distance between Portsmouth and Reading is 64 miles (104km) and even if the traffic is on the busy side it shouldn’t take much more than 1 hour and 15 minutes to cover it in one direction. 

​​Portsmouth vs Reading: Tickets

Any Portsmouth fans who have a ticket but can’t attend this match can sell it to another home fan via the ‘Ticket Exchange’ option on Portsmouth’s official website. The price of a ticket for home fans varies from £20.00 to £28.00 for adults depending on the stand chosen.  

Reading fans won’t be allowed to buy tickets on the day of the game but they will be allowed to bring with them tennis balls and express their feelings towards the ownership yet again.

​​​​FAQs: Portsmouth vs Reading

  • Who is Reading’s top goalscorer? Harvey Knibbs leads all scorers for the Royals with his 7 league goals.
  • What was the result the last time the sides met? Back in October, Portsmouth beat Reading 3-2 away from home.  
  • Will Terry Devlin play for Portsmouth? Devlin hopes to be available but uncertainty around his contract means he’s questionable.

Iskra Zecheva

For over 16 years now, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football and scouting, being among the main fields of her expertise. She has dined with kings, queens and some of the most famous sports figures of the past and the present. Iskra is also a member of the largest independent union of investigative journalists. She has minority ownership at several sports clubs and knows first-hand the pains of supporting a 'small-scale' football club.

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