Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Portsmouth will be aiming to kick off their Carabao Cup campaign in style when they face Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday afternoon. The Pompey failed to secure promotion to the Championship, and, no doubt, they will be on the same quest in the 2020/21 League One campaign. A man to watch in the away team will be John Marquis, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
The League Two outfit somehow managed to avoid relegation to the English fifth tier, with the team sitting in the penultimate position in the standings before the coronavirus break. The Boro are eager to claim a major scalp in the first round of the EFL Cup, but seeing that the game will be played behind closed doors, we are tempted to put our money on the League One side this time out.
Highlighted Player (Ben Nugent):
Born in Welwyn Garden City, England on November 29, 1992, Ben Nugent is a professional footballer who plays for Stevenage as a defender. Nugent spent his youth career at Cardiff City, and he continued playing for the Bluebirds at senior level, making 12 league appearances for the club.
After spending a couple of season on loan at Brentford, Peterborough United, and Yeovil Town, the 196-cm tall defender signed a permanent deal with Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2015. Ben Nugent then moved to Gillingham where he made 23 appearances in the league in the 2017/2018 season.
Nowadays, he plays for Stevenage in the League Two. Nugent made his debut with the Boro in a 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers on August 4, 2018. His main position is centre-back, and his preferred foot is right. Speaking of individual awards, Ben Nugent won Cardiff City Young Player of the Year award for the 2012/2013 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.