FootyMAD's Portsmouth match preview

Last updated : 14 October 2005 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Middlesbrough v Portsmouth fixture

Middlesbrough prepare to entertain Portsmouth at Riverside Stadium at tea-time on Saturday, looking to continue an impressive record. The Boro are clearly on top, having won 28 and lost only 7 of the 49 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Riverside Stadium was less than a year ago, in October 2004, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1-1 final scoreline in a Premiership match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Tue 01 FebPortsmouth2 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2004/2005Sun 24 OctMiddlesbrough1-1PortsmouthPREM
2003/2004Sat 15 MayPortsmouth5 - 1MiddlesbroughPREM
2003/2004Sat 06 DecMiddlesbrough0 - 0PortsmouthPREM
1997/1998Sat 14 MarPortsmouth0 - 0MiddlesbroughCHMP
1997/1998Wed 05 NovMiddlesbrough1 - 1PortsmouthCHMP
1994/1995Sat 03 DecMiddlesbrough4 - 0PortsmouthCHMP

Recent respective form guides

Middlesbrough have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. Only 5 goals have been registered in this time, with 6 in the wrong end.

The away form of Portsmouth is pretty dire, chalking up just 1 victory, with 5 defeats, from the last six. While the Pompey have hit 5 goals, 10 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Middlesbrough's 11 points from 8 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 10th position. Portsmouth find themselves struggling down in 14th position in the league having picked up 6 points from their 8 matches.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Its a close one to call, but I think that Boro's reasonable showing at home is going to see them scrape past Portsmouth. Home Win

Sequence statistics:
Middlesbrough 5 games since last home draw.
Portsmouth Lost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 2 away matches.
No win in the 4 most recent games.