Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
There will be fireworks when Brighton and Portsmouth face each other at Amex Stadium in the EFL Cup round 3. Portsmouth defeated Stevenage on penalties in their opener, with the team failing to turn their dominance into goals in a goalless draw with Shrewsbury in the League One round 1. The Pompey aim to claim a major scalp in the Carabao Cup, but beating Brighton away from home is easier said than done.
The Seagulls did well to sign the likes of Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman, and Jan Paul van Hecke in the summer transfer window, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Considering that Portsmouth are not regarded as good travellers, we predict that the Premier League outfit will advance to the EFL Cup round 4 without any difficulites. It has to be noted that Australia international Aaron Mooy is no longer part of the team as he signed for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG in August.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
Highlighted Team (Portsmouth):
During Milan Mandaric’s era at the club, Portsmouth played an important role in the Premier League, with the team finishing their debut season (2003/2004) in the 13th position in the standings. The club impressed in the 2008/2009 season, with Nwankwo Kanu’s goal helping them beat Cardiff City in the FA Cup final.
As a result, Portsmouth represented England in the Europa League, with the team progressing in the group stages of the competition thanks to a win over Vitoria Gimaraes in the final qualifying round. The current club was formed in 2013, but the original amateur club was founded back in 1883. Nowadays Portsmouth host their rivals at Fratton Park, with the venue holding up to 20,620 spectators.
The likes of Sol Campbell, David James, Glen Johnson and aforementioned Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu are considered one of the club’s most notable players. Portsmouth wear blue shirts, white shorts and red socks when hosting their rivals at Fratton Park, while wearing white and blue colours when playing on the road.