Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth and Exeter square off against each other at Fratton Park in what is expected to be an exciting League One encounter. The Pompey aim to build on a splendid 4-0 win over Leyton Orient, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Colby Bishop, who opened his goalscoring account at the weekend.
The Grecians, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Blackpool in their last league match and they will surely try to keep their third consecutive clean sheet against Portsmouth. The Pompey, though, are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that one goal is going to separate the two sides in the midweek clash. The good news for the visitors is that defender Pierce Sweeney has recover from the injury he suffered in the EFL Cup clash against Crawley.
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.