Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Following their slow start to the season that include defeats to Charlton in League One and Plymouth in EFL Cup, Leyton Orient will look to get back on course with a fine performance against Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon. The O’s are desperate to pick up all three points from the match, but given their poor displays of late, the bookies see them as underdogs this time out. Defender Jayden Sweeney and midfielder Theodore Archibald return to the starting XI, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Pompey, meanwhile, showcased their worth in a 3-1 win over Forest Green on Tuesday evening. Since John Mousinho can count on key players for the Brisbane Road showdown, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. You should know that the two teams meet for the first time in a competitive match since January 2017 when Portsmouth defeated Leyton Orient 2-1 in the League Two.
Highlighted Player (Adam Thompson):
Born in Harlow, England on September 28, 1992, Adam Thompson is a defender who plays for Bury in League One. Thompson started his youth career at Watford and after making 14 appearances for the Hornets at senior level, he moved to Southend United, signing a permanent deal with the club in January, 2014.
It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers and Barnet on loan as well before joining the Shakers. Adam Thompson has a short loan spell at Bradford City in the 2017/2018 season, but he made no more than nine appearances for the Bantams. Despite being born in England, Adam Thompson decided to represent Northern Ireland in international matches.
He made his debut with the Northern Ireland national team on February 9, 2011, coming from the bench in a 3-0 loss to Scotland. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine showings at right-back 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.