Colchester United boss Steve Bull has backed Portsmouth to finish in a top four place in League One this coming season.
Kenny Jackett’s side finished the last League One campaign with a second consecutive promotion failure, losing to Oxford in the play-off semi-final on penalties.
Pressure will firmly be on Jackett to ensure his side gain either an automatic promotion or play-off place this term with the former obviously being the preferred option.
Heading into the opening league fixture against Shrewsbury Town, Jackett will look to follow up his side’s Football League Trophy win over Colchester in midweek.
The victory saw a double from Marcus Harness, who netted two goals in one minute during the first half and Colchester boss Bull has now talked up Pompey’s chances of gaining promotion to the Championship.
“Portsmouth are a really strong side and they’ll definitely be top three or four this season,” Bull is quoted as telling BBC Radio Essex via The News.
So far this summer, Jackett has utilised the summer transfer window by bolstering his defensive options, agreeing deals for Cameron Pring, Sean Raggett and Callum Johnson.
Saturday’s opening game against Shrewsbury Town will be an interesting one and a good opening test for Jackett’s side.
An opening day victory is vitally important at Fratton Park and will act as a message to the club’s fans about exactly what the season could entail. Promotion is key this term, especially after two failures in the last two seasons.
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