Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Fratton Park when Portsmouth and Ipswich Town go head to head in the League One derby. The Pompey are eyeing their first league wins since October 22, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. There are no fresh selection worries in the home team, but all Louis Thompson, Joe Rafferty, Jayden Reid, and Tom Lowery remain in the treatment room.
Zach Swanson could sneak into the starting XI after overcoming his injury. The Tractor Boys, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 3-0 win over Oxford United. Ipswich Town have been in a much better form of late than Portsmouth, and we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from the last match of the year. The good news for the away side is that defensive duo Janoi Donacien – Luke Woolfenden returned to the starting XI for the Boxing Day triumph.
Highlighted Player (Sam Morsy):
Sam Morsy is a professional footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic in the Championship. His full name is Samy Sayed Morsy and he started his youth career at Wolverhampton Wanderers. During his spell with Wolves he was spotted by Port Vale scouts and in 2008 joined the Vale Park outfit.
The talented midfielder made his debut for the first team on 23 February, 2010 in a 4-0 win over Lincoln City and at the end of the 2009/2010 campaign he was given the Youth Player of the Year award. After playing 71 league games for Port Vale, Sam Morsy joined Chesterfield in July 2013 and on 30 march 2014 he participated in the Football League Trophy final. However, he did not help Chesterfield beat Peterborough United in the title game (1-3).
On 28 January 2016 Morsy signed a two-and- a-half year contract with Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee. Sam Morsy was born in Wolverhampton on 10 September, 1991 and he was father is Egyptian.
Highlighted Team (Ipswich):
Ipswich Town are an English football club that was formed in 1878. Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1894 and the capacity of the venue, which was expanded in 2002, is 30,311. The Tractor Boys compete in the Championship, but they used to play in the English Premier League in the past as well. Ipswich Town last appeared in the elite division in the 2001/2002 season.
Ipswich won the FA Cup in 1978, with the team beating Arsenal (1-0) in the title game. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1981 when they outplayed AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup final. It has to be noted that the Tractor Boys have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the European competitions.
Norwich City are regarded as Ipswich Town’s bitterest rivals and it is well known that the two sides take on each other in the East Anglian derby.