Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Cherries ripe to pip Pompey

Matt Tubbs joined Bournemouth from Crawley in January

Bournemouth travel along the coast to face Portsmouth and Christian Crowther expects them to edge this derby encounter...

"Worrying for Portsmouth fans though is their inability to keep a clean sheet, something they have not managed to do in their last 12 games."

Recommended Bet: Back Bournemouth to beat Portsmouth @ 2.56/4

Portsmouth v Bournemouth, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports 1, Match odds: Portsmouth 3.02/1, Bournemouth 2.56/4, The Draw 3.55
Portsmouth's patched together team is still winless this season although Michael Appleton's new faces have been an upgrade on the youth teamers who suffered a Capital One Cup hiding at Plymouth in their opener. Since then Pompey have rallied, recording two draws in League One, including a 1-1 draw in a repeat of this fixture in their opening league game. Worrying for Portsmouth fans though is their inability to keep a clean sheet, something they have not managed to do in their last 12 games. South coast rivals Bournemouth have only fared slightly better, starting 2012/13 as draw specialists, finishing level in four out of their five opening matches. However, in Lee Barnard and Tommy Elphick, the Cherries do have players in form - with two apiece already - and you'd expect their attack to hurt this newly formed defence.
Recommended Bet: Back Bournemouth to beat Portsmouth @ 2.56/4

Exeter v Aldershot, Tuesday 19.15, Match Odds: Exeter 1.9310/11, Aldershot 4.216/5, The Draw 3.814/5
Exeter's 3-0 opening day home defeat to Morecambe in their first game back in League Two since relegation had the alarm bells ringing for Grecians fans. However, the result obviously served to galvanise the west country outfit who have turned it swiftly around with three convincing league wins, scoring eight goals and conceding just one. The first of those victories came over tonight's visitors Aldershot, a 2-1 win away at The EEB Stadium over Dean Holdsworth's side, who have only recorded one win from four in the league. Traditionally, the Shots make welcome visitors to St James' Park too, as the Devon side have not lost to them at home in 28 games, a run stretching back to the 1954/55 season.
Recommended Bet: Back Exeter to beat Aldershot @ 1.9310/11

Oxford v Swindon, Wednesday 19:45, Match odds: Oxford 3.39/4, Swindon 2.3411/8, The Draw 3.55
Paolo Di Canio is never far away from the headlines and this week was no different. The alluring Italian subbed off goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after just 21 minutes in their 4-1 League One defeat to Preston, leading to the player storming off in an angry tirade. Player and manager have since made up but Di Canio knows his squad must focus again quickly for this JPT tie against bitter rivals Oxford, who did a league double over the Robins last season. Swindon had started the season in flying form until coming unstuck against Preston, dumping Premier League Stoke and Championship side Brighton out of the Capital One Cup, so they certainly have the quality to prevail here provided they are up for the fight.
Recommended Bet: Back Swindon to beat Oxford @ 2.3411/8

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