Our prediction for this League 1 match:
In-form Portsmouth will look to extend their winning run in League One to five games when they take on Fleetwood on Saturday afternoon. The Pompey are on the right track to secure automatic promotion, but boss John Mousinho must warn his men against complacency. The 37-year-old tactician is likely to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation.
The Cod Army, on the other hand, do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team losing each of their last four league matches. As Portsmouth have been producing fine displays in the League One of late, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Fit-again Fleetwood forward Maleace Asamoah is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Peterborough United. In their last meeting in the English third tier Portsmouth defeated Fleetwood 2-0, which goes in favour of our predictions.
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.