Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Northampton Town and Portsmouth square off against each other at Sixfields Stadium in the League One round 34. Northampton aim to build on a 2-0 win over Plymouth which was their first league triumph since December 29, 2020. The Cobblers are eager to escape the relegation zone, but the game against Portsmouth will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ryan Watson, who has been impressive in front of goal of late.
The Pompey, on the other hand, are eager to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers. Portsmouth aim to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive, but given Northampton’s display in the triumph over Plymouth, share of spoils is on the cards at Sixfields Stadium. John Marquis, who found the net in the midweek defeat, is widely expected to return to Portsmouth’s starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Joseph Mills):
Joseph Mills is an Aston Villa product who plays for Northampton Town in the League One. Mills moved to Southampton in 2006, and he continued playing for the Saints at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers, the pacey left-back joined Reading in 2011, but he made no more than 15 appearances for the Royals in the league.
After his short spell with Burnley, Joseph Mills moved to Oldham Athletic, and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Perth Glory, Shrewsbury Town, and Forest Green Rovers as well before moving to Northampton Town.
Mills was born in Swindon, England on October 30, 1989, and he wears the No. 23 shirt with the Cobblers. His primary position is left-back, but coaches use him as a left midfielder as well. He has a contract with Northampton Town which should expire in June 2022.
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.