Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at University of Bolton Stadium pits together Bolton and Portsmouth, the two teams with completely different ambitions in the second half of the season. Bolton are fighting hard to survive in the League One, with the team sitting in the ultimate position in the standings ahead of Matchday. The Trotters have no other choice but to fight tooth and nail against Portsmouth, but beating the promotion-chasing side is easier said than done.
The Pompey, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon. Kenny Jackett’s troops aim to climb to the play-offs berth in the League One standings, and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from the clash against Bolton, who failed to impress in back-to-back losses to the likes of Burton Albion (3-4) and Rochdale (0-2).
Highlighted Player (Jason Lowe):
Jason Lowe is a Blackburn Rovers midfielder, who was born on 2 September, 1991 in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Lowe plays as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder and a right back as well. The Blackburn footballer made his senior debut on 28 March 2011 during his loan spell with Oldham Athletic.
He scored his first ever goal against Notts County six days later. Lowe returned to Blackburn Rovers at the end of the 2010/2011 season and he made his first appearance for the Rovers on 24 August 2011 in a victory over Sheffield Wednesday (League Cup). Speaking of his international career, Lowe made England U-19 training camp and he was selected for his national team for the European Under-19 Football Championship finals in July 2010 (Ukraine).
However, he eventually withdrew from the squad through injury. On 10 October, 2011 Lowe made his England U-21 debut in a 2-1 victory over Norway U-21. The two teams faced each other in the Euro 2013 qualifiers.
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.