Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will be aiming to retain top position in the standings when they take on Blackpool on Matchday 19. The Pompey are leading the chase for automatic promotion, but head coach John Mousinho must warn his men against complacency. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Colby Bishop, who has already netted ten goals in the new League One campaign.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over Shrewsbury, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Portsmouth, who have turned their Fratton Park into a real fortress. The Pompey have already recorded six wins at home ground this term and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason to celebrate on Saturday afternoon. As for the away team, Scotland forward Kyle Joseph is pushing for a rare start after producing an excellent displays in the crushing of Shrewsbury.
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.