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Nic Ladds 20th Mar 2009 - 17:55

Hart troubles? You bet when you're Pompey manager

David Moyes' Everton side have lost just one of their last 18 matches which makes odds of 13/8 extremely appealing as they take on relegation threatened Portsmouth.

Pompey have won one of their last nine in all competitions which was a 2-0 home victory to dismal travellers Manchester City which suggests 13/8 about Portsmouth may not be the way to go.

Since Paul Hart took over they have managed two Premier League draws and as Everton are not particularly prolific scorers the draw may have its backers at 23/10 in the betting, while under two match goals is 9/5.

It is a testament to Moyes' tactics and the spirit in the Everton camp that they are on such a good run having been depleted by injuries for much of the season.

Tim Cahill has been a worthy makeshift striker and he can be backed at odds of 6/1 to be the hero again and score first. The Toffees have got some strikers returning now though and Louis Saha is 11/2 to bag the first goal with on-loan Jo at 6/1.

Joleon Lescott score last game against Stoke and chips in his fair share usually at set-pieces where the frail Pompey defence look fragile and he could be a decent wager at 7/1 to score anytime.

Portsmouth goals have been scarce for the most part which is why they hover dramatically over the relegation zone, out of it only on goal difference.

Peter Crouch is by far the biggest goal threat and he scored their only goal against Middlesbrough and can be backed at 6/1 to open the scoring.

Dave Nugent and Nwankwo Kanu don't get on the score sheet often and are 7/1 and 8/1 respectively to score first.

Niko Kranjcar is the biggest threat from midfield and he gets his fair share and gets himself in some decent positions and he could be the bet at 8/1 for first goal or 11/4 to score anytime.

It is worth noting Everton have not conceded more than one goal in 22 of their last 23 league matches, and there is no reason why Portsmouth will suddenly open the floodgates.

As the teams are so evenly matched in the betting it is unsurprising to see 1-1 is the shortest price at 5/1 in the betting.

It looks like it will be a low scoring game meaning 0-0 will have its backers at 17/2 while a 1-0 win to Portsmouth can be backed at 13/2.

Everton are fancied to take this though as they have an excellent away record and sit a full 19 points ahead of Pompey which makes their price look big.

1-0 to the Toffees at 6/1 or 2-0 at 9/1 look the call with slight preference for 2-0. Pompey could nick one which brings 2-1 at 10/1 in to the reckoning but it looks like it will be Everton's day.

Those looking for a double result could do worse than draw/Everton at 9/2 while draw/draw is 4/1 or if you think the away side will dominate then Everton/Everton is 16/5 in the betting.

Portsmouth look to have a real battle on their hands to stay in the Premier League, with some tough fixtures coming up and Everton visiting Fratton Park is an uphill battle for them.

The Toffees are well organised and disciplined and while they aren't the most prolific team up front, they concede very few and have the firepower to make sure Pompey's dismal run continue.

Everton - 13/8

Everton to win 2-0 - 9/1

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