Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rochdale, Gillingham will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the League One to six games when they welcome Portsmouth at their Priestfield Stadium. The Gills have been impressive at home ground of late, with the team recording a win in each of their last four home fixtures in the League One. The Pompey, on the other hand, aim to make amends for an unexpected 3-1 loss at Milton Keynes Dons where Ronan Curtis scored his tenth goal of the season.
The Ireland international has been scoring goals for fun in the League One this term, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Gillingham and Portsmouth seem to be evenly matched at the moment; therefore, share of spoils is on the horizon at Priestfield Stadium. In the first half of the season, the two teams played out a goalless draw at Fratton Park.
Highlighted Player (Stuart O\'Keefe):
Stuart O’keefe is a an English footballer who started his senior career at Southend United. In August 2010 O’Keefe signed a one-year deal with Crystal Palace after impressing coach George Burley in a trial game against West Ham reserves.
The 173-cm-tall midfielder scored one goal in 36 appearances for the Eagles in the Premier League, finding the net in a 3-1 win over Sunderland on August 31, 2013. Stuart O’Keefe played for Blackpool on loan before moving to Cardiff City in the winter of 2015.
After his loan spells with Milton Keynes Dons, Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle, O’Keefe moved to Gillingham at the end of the 2018/2019 season. He made his League One debut with the club on August 3, 2019 in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as both defensive and attacking midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
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.