Our prediction for this League 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Portsmouth and Derby County face each other in the League One derby on Friday evening. The Pompey have drawn each of their last three league fixtures, and, no doubt, they are eager to return to winning ways on Matchday 19. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Colby Bishop, who has netted nine goals so far this season, while Marlon Pack has overcome his injury.
All Rafferty, Reid, and Thompson should miss out with injuries for the home side. The Rams, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over MK Dons. Derby County have been impressive in front of goal of late, and seeing that Portsmouth are a real force to be reckoned with at home, both teams to score betting option should be considered. There are no fresh injury concerns in the away team ahead of the trip to Hampshire.
Highlighted Player (Richard Stearman):
Born in Wolverhampton, England on August 19, 1987 Richard Stearman is a defender who represented the Three Lions at youth level. Stearman has four caps for England U21 team and he played nine games for the under-17 squad as well.
The 191-cm-tall footballer is a product of Leicester City football academy and he made his first-team debut with the club on October 30, 2004 in a goalless draw with Cardiff City. The English defender scored five goals in 211 appearances in the league for the Foxes before joining Wolverhampton in the summer of 2008.
He signed a four-year deal with the Wolves and he made his debut for the club on August 9, 2008 in a 2-2 draw with Plymouth. From 2015 to 2017 he played for Fulham and at the end of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign he joined Sheffield United. Richard Sterman’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a right-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Derby):
Derby County is one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946).
Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one.
The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.