Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
All eyes will be on The New Lawn when Forest Green and Portsmouth lock horns in the EFL Cup round 1 on Tuesday. The Green Army did not make a promising start to the season, with the team losing to Salford City (0-2) in front of home fans and, as a result, the bookies see them as underdogs in this EFL Cup clash. Since head coach David Horseman is expected to make changes to the team that suffered the loss against the Lions, all Taylor, Kadji, and Bunker are pushing for a start.
The Pompey, meanwhile, kicked off the new League One campaign with a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers and, no doubt, they are eager to register their first win of the season at The New Lawn. Given Forest Green’s difficulties at the back, we are tempted to put our money on the away team. Australia forward Kusini Yengi should earn a spot in the starting XI after scoring a late equalizer against the Pirates.
Highlighted Player (Dominic Bernard):
After spending his youth career at Tredworth Tigers and Birmingham City, Dom Bernard signed a professional deal with the Blues. However, he did not see any game action with Birmingham City at the senior level as he was instantly sent on loan at Aldershot Town.
After making 35 appearances for the Shots in the league, Dom Bernard joined Forest Green in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the Green Army against Oldham Athletic on the opening day of the 2019/2020 season. Bernard, who quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Forest Green, has one cap with the Republic of Ireland U18 team while making two appearances with the U17 team.
He was born in Gloucester, England on March 29, 1997, and he wears the number 3 shirt at Forest Green. His main position is right back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a centre-back as well.
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.