Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on the Valley when Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth square off against each other in the League One round 27. The Red Robins aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over MK Dons, and a victory over Portsmouth will see them climb to the playoffs berth. Charlton Athletic are eyeing their fifth home win of the season, but the midweek game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts.
The likes of Ryan Inniss and Conor Washington are injured for the hosts, while Akin Famewo is a major doubt. The Pompey, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Hull City and Lincoln in the previous two league fixtures. Portsmouth have been struggling in front of goal of late, and given Jack Whamough’s three-game ban, home win should be considered. Alex Bass, Ben Close, and Paul Downing remain on the sidelines with injuries for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Jake Forster-Caskey ):
Born in Southend-on-Sea, England on April 25, 1994 Jake Forster-Caskey is a midfielder who plays for Charlton Athletic in the League One. Forster-Caskey started his both youth and senior careers at Brighton & Hove Albion and it has to be noted that he scored five goals in 67 league appearances for the Seagulls first team.
After spending a couple of seasons on loan at the likes of Oxford United, Milton Keynes Dons and Rotherham United, the English footballer signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Charlton Athletic in the winter of 2017. Jake quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the capital club, scoring 5 goals in 43 appearances in the 2017/2018 League One campaign.
However, he was out of contention for most of the 2018/2019 season with a serious knee injury. His main position is central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both defensive 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.