Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Following a 2-2 draw with Oxford United, Portsmouth will be aiming to retain top position in the standings when they take on Northampton on Matchday 31. The Pompey are eyeing their ninth home win of the process and a triumph over Northampton will see them retain top position in the standings. Midfielder Joe Morrell limped off with injury in the last league match, with Tom Lowery likely to replace him in the starting XI.
The Cobblers, on the other hand, aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive, but given their under-par performance in a 2-0 loss to Shrewsbury, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the league leaders. As for the away team, summer signing Tony Springett is widely expected to make his first start for Northampton Town. Earlier in the process Portsmouth rolled over Northampton 3-0, which goes in favour of our prediction.
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.