Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Fratton Park when Portsmouth and Ipswich Town face each other in the League One derby. The Pompey aim to bounce back from a heart-breaking 4-1 loss to Accrington Stanley, and the good news for the hosts is that key centre-back Christian Burgess returns to the starting XI after serving his ban at the weekend. Portsmouth face a difficult task in Saturday’s football match against the Tractor Boys, but they should take advantage of the fact that Paul Lambert’s men suffered a dip in form.
Ipswich Town do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of the trip to Hampshire, with the team failing to win the previous four league fixtures. The Tractor Boys are low on confidence following a 2-1 loss to ten-man Bristol Rovers, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Anton Walkes):
Anton Walkes is a product of Tottenham Hotspur football academy. Born in Lewisham, England on February 8, 1997, Walkes is a right-back, who can play in the midfield as well. The English footballer played for the likes of Atlanta United and Portsmouth on loan from 2017 to 2018 before signing a permanent deal with the Pompey at the end of the 2017/2018 season.
Walkes scored only one goal in 24 appearances for Portsmouth in the 2018/2019 League One season, finding the net in a thrilling 5-2 victory at Fleetwood Town. His deal with the Pompey should expire on June 30, 2020 and it has to be noted that his preferred foot is right.
In the 2018/2019 season Anton Walkes won the EFL Trophy with Portsmouth as they defeated Sunderland on penalties in the title game. Walkes came as a substitute for Ben Close in extra-time, spending less than 10 minutes on the field.
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.