Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
All eyes will be on Ashton Gate Stadium when Bristol City and Portsmouth face each other in the FA Cup last 64. The Robins have been having their ups and downs in the Championship of late, and, no doubt, a win over Portsmouth will help them regain a much-needed confidence. Bristol City, though, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as the likes of Baker, Brunt, Dasilva, Mawson, Paterson, Sessegnon, Walsh, Weimann, and Williams have been struggling with injuries.
The Pompey, on the other hand, are on a quest to secure automatic promotion to the Championship. Portsmouth have not been in action since December 18, 2020, meaning that the footballers are fully fit for Saturday’s clash. Since Bristol City experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 2-1 loss to Luton Town, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Nathan Baker):
Nathan Baker is a product of Aston Villa football academy. The left-footed defender played 115 games for Aston Villa in the league and it has to be noted that he scored only goal for the club during his spell at Villa Park. Nathan Baker is used as both centre-back and left-back and the 189-cm-tall footballer is very good in the air.
Nathan Baker was born in Worcester, England on April 23, 1991 and he currently plays for Bristol City in the Championship. After ending his loan spell with the Robins, he signed a permanent deal with the club on July 28, 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Nathan Baker has yet to make his debut for England national team, but he has three caps for England U21 team.
Nathan Baker made his debut for the under-21 squad against Iceland back in 2011. The English footballer has a contract with Bristol City which expires on June 30, 2021.
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.