Our prediction for this League 1 match:
AFC Wimbledon have been showing signs of improvement of late. Following a 3-2 win over Rochdale, the Dons crushed Southend United 4-1 on the road in their last league fixture. Marcus Forss, who scored a hat-trick in the victory over the Shrimpers, will be the man to watch in the home team and, no doubt, the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
AFC Wimbledon are eager to escape the relegation zone in the League One standings, but the game against Portsmouth will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Bolton and Doncaster Rovers, the Pompey played out a goalless draw with Gillingham on Matchday 13 and they are definitely capable of matching the Dons at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. It has to be noted that both teams managed to find the net in each of their previous four meetings in the League One.
Highlighted Player (Scott Wagstaff):
Scott Wagstaff is a Charlton Athletic product who plays for AFC Wimbledon as a midfielder. Born in Maidstone, England on March 31, 1990 the 178-cm tall scored 17 goals in 120 appearances for the Charlton senior team, before spending several seasons on loan at the likes of Bournemouth Nortwich Victoria and Leyton Orient.
In the 2013/2014 season the English footballer signed for Bristol City, penning a three-year deal with the Robins. After netting 8 goals in 72 appearances in the league for the club, Scott Wagstaff moved to Gillingham in the 2016/2017 season, signing a two-year deal with the League One side. The 178-cm-tall midfielder was released by the club chiefs in the summer of 2018.
Scott Wagstaff, who has yet to make his debut with the England national team, current plays for AFC Wimbledon in the League One. His main position is right midfield, but he is used as both central and left midfielder as well.
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.