Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Portsmouth play host to Barnsley at their Fratton Park in the FA Cup round 4. The Pompey have been in a promising form at the start of the year, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to return to the Championship. Portsmouth have big ambitions for the 2019/20 FA Cup campaign as well, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Barnsley.
The Tykes, on the other hand, sit in the relegation zone in the Championship standings ahead of the trip to Hampshire. Barnsley’s main goal is to avoid the relegation to the League One, meaning that head coach Gerhard Struber is likely to mix the squad against the Pompey. Seeing that Portsmouth are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Ellis Harrison):
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887.
The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game.
Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.