Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup will be at stake when Fleetwood Town and Portsmouth take on each other at Highbury Stadium on Saturday evening. Fleetwood Town sit in the top half of the League One standings, and they are almost level on points with the fellow third-tier side Portsmouth. The Fishermen set up a meeting with the Pompey by beating the likes of Barnet and Crawley Town, but Saturday’s clash will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
Portsmouth, on the other hand, defeated the likes of Harrogate Town and Altrincham in the previous two rounds. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. You should know that Fleetwood Town and Portsmouth have yet to face each other in the League One this term.
Highlighted Player (Josh Morris):
Josh Morris is an English professional footballer who plays for Fleetwood Town in League One. Born on the 30th of September, 1991, the 28-year-old is a versatile midfielder capable of playing in multiple different positions. He has capped for England at the under-20 level, making his debut against France U20 on the 9th of February, 2011.
He has also featured for England in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup. The Preston local joined Blackburn's youth academy in 2004 and signed his first professional contract with the club in September 2010. A couple of months later, on the 27th of November 2010, Morris made his first-ever professional appearance in a 7-1 league defeat to Manchester United. His following time at Blackburn included loan spells at clubs Yeovil Town, Rotherham, Carlisle United and Fleetwood Town.
He then joined Bradford in 2015 on a permanent deal, thus finally ending his 12-year long involvement with parent club Blackburn. After a timid season with The Bantams, Morris joined Scunthorpe on a three-year contract and featured 125 times for the club, scoring 37 and assisting 30 goals in the process. At the end of the 18/19 season, he rejoined Fleetwood and is currently on a two-year contract with the club.
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.