Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Keepmoat Stadium when Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth take on each other in the League One round 33. The Donny do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment, with the team failing to win the previous five league fixtures. Doncaster Rovers are eager to retain their spot in top six, but they face a difficult task in the midweek game. Tyreece John-Jules is sidelined with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Pompey, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Gillingham. Portsmouth are eyeing their tenth away win of the season, and they should take advantage of Doncaster Rovers’ current form. Both James Bolton and Michael Jacobs are rated doubtful for Tuesday’s clash. In their last meeting at Keepmoat Stadium Portsmouth defeated Doncaster 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Reece James):
Reece James is a talented Chelsea defender who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan. Born in Redbridge, England on December 8, 1999, James started his youth career at Chelsea football academy at the age of 6. The talented teenager played for England U18 and U19 teams and he currently represents the U20 team on the international stage.
Reece James scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for Wigan in the 2018/2019 Championship campaign, but that did not help the Latics avoid relegation to the League One. His numbers from the 2018/2019 season are impressive as he completed 91 successful tackles, 54 blocks, 44 successful dribbles and 93 clearances.
James, on the other hand, has yet to find the net for the England U20 national team. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Reece James turned professional in March 2017.
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.