Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Brunton Park pits together Carlisle United and Portsmouth, the two sides who sit in the opposite halves of the table. The Cumbrians do not seem to be at the top of their game, with the team extending their losing run to five matches at Leyton Orient. Jack Diamond suffered an injury at the weekend, with Sean Maguire likely to replace him in the starting XI.
The Pompey, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Northampton Town and we predict that they will take advantage of Carlisle’s shaky defence. Keep in mind, though, that Portsmouth defender Tom McIntyre misses the game through suspension. Earlier in the process the Pompey defeated the Cumbrians 1-0, with Conor Shaughnessy scoring the only goal of the match. Carlisle defender should have Paddy Lane at bay as the Northern Ireland forward scored a brace at the weekend.
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.