Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over Wycombe and AFC Wimbledon when they take on Lincoln at LNER Stadium on Matchday 19. The 2021/2022 League One campaign has been a mixed bag for the Pompey, but their recent displays are surely giving fans a reason for optimism. Portsmouth are only five points behind the playoffs berth, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek clash.
Lee Brown is banned for the visitors, with Connor Ogilvie likely to step up. John Marquis has overcome his injury, but captain Clark Robertson remain in the recovery room. The Imps are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but we are tempted to put our money on Portsmouth, who have been showing signs of improvement of late. The bad news for the hosts is that captain Liam Bridcutt is out of contention with a knee injury.
Highlighted Player (Liam Bridcutt ):
Liam Robert Bridcutt is a professional footballer who plays for Lincoln City as a defensive midfielder. Born in Reading, England on May 8, 1989, Bridcutt is a product of the Chelsea football academy, but he did not see any game action for the Blues at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Yeovil Town, Watford, and Stockport County, the 175-cm footballer signed a five-month contract with Brighton where he established himself as a first-team regular.
After making 132 appearances in the league for the Seagulls, Liam Bridcutt moved to Sunderland in the winter of 2014. He played for the likes of Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers as well before joining Lincoln City in January, 2020.
His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. The Lincoln City player has a dual citizenship (Scotland/England), and it has to be noted that he has two caps with the Scotland national team.
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.