Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Newport County and Portsmouth square off against each other at Rodney Parade in what is expected to be an interesting EFL Cup game. Newport County quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Salford City, with the team beating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at the weekend, and, no doubt, they are high on spirits ahead of Tuesday’s clash. The Exiles are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Offrande Zanzala continues to miss out with injury, with loanee Thierry Nevers stepping up.
The Pompey, on the other hand, are on a quest to return to the Championship. Portsmouth are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, but beating Newport on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Clark Robertson has overcome his injury, while Louis Thompson is rated doubtful for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (James Clark ):
Born in Berlin, Germany, James Clark is an experienced defender who plays for Walsall in the League Two. After spending his youth career at Watford, Clark played for the likes of Oxford United, Oxford City, Salisbury City, Woking, and Bristol Rovers before joining Walsall on a two-year deal.
The defender, who wears the No. 5 jersey at Walsall, has a contract with the Saddlers which should expire in June 2021. His primary position is centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a right-back as well. His preferred foot is right. James Clark made his League Two debut with Walsall on August 3, 2019 in a 1-0 win over Northampton Town.
He scored his first goal for the Saddlers in the Northampton Town clash as well, helping the team pick up all three points from the PTS Academy Stadium clash. Clark scored his first professional goal during his spell with Bristol Rovers. He found the net in a 2-1 win over Wycombe at the start of the 2018/19 season.
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.