Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Cheltenham (2-0) and Cambridge United (4-1), Portsmouth will look to climb to top position when they take on Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The Pompey have been showing signs of improvement of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Bristol Rovers. All Denver Hume, Clark Robertson, and Joe Morrell should miss out with injuries, while the opposition back-line should have Colby Bishop as the 25-year-old forward has been scoring goals for fun of late.
The Pirates, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 3-0 loss to Barnsley, and given their shaky defence, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Joey Barton has no fresh injury worries, but all Gibson, Rossiter, and Whelan are pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Ellis Harrison):
Highlighted Team (Bristol Rovers):
Established back on August 1, 1883, Bristol Rovers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. Bristol Rovers were formed after a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant under the name of Black Arabs after the Arabs rugby team.
This name, though, lasted no more than one season as the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. Five years later the club’s name was officially changes to Bristol Rovers. Nicknamed the Pirates, Bristol Rovers welcome their opponents at Memorial Stadium Horfield, the venue with the capacity of 12,296. Bristol Rovers are well known for their blue and white home kit, but they are dressed in yellow when playing on the travels.
Ricky Lambert, who used to play for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool in the Premier League, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable footballers. It has to be noted that Lambert scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates in the league.