Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will look to extend their winning run in all competitions to four games when they take on Cheltenham Town on Matchday 4. The Pompey are determined to return to the Championship, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to meet the goal. Colby Bishop will be the man to watch in the home team after finding his goalscoring touch in recent weeks, while John Mousinho has no fresh injury worries.
The visitors, meanwhile, made a slow start to the season and given their four-match losing run ahead of Saturday’s clash, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. Both Goodwin and Thompson are vying for a spot in the starting XI after the duo came off the bench in a 1-0 loss to Reading on Tuesday evening. In their last encounter in the English third tier Portsmouth rolled over Cheltenham Town 4-0.
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.