Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Fratton Park when Portsmouth and Oxford face each other in the League One playoffs, first leg. Portsmouth were not at their sharpest before the coronavirus layoffs, but they had enough time to prepare in the best way possible for the upcoming double-header. The Pompey are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and even though there will be no spectators in Saturday’s football match, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.
The Yellows, on the other hand, were on a five-game winning run in the League One before the break, but Portsmouth are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Karl Robinson’s troops than their previous rivals. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Irish midfielder Ronan Curtis, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Ellis Harrison):
Highlighted Team (Oxford United):
Oxford United are one of the oldest clubs in the League One as they were founded back in 1893. However, Oxford United adopted their current name 67 years later and have been playing under it ever since.
Over the years the Yellows have built a great rivalry with Swindon Town and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two sides. Oxford United play home matches at Kassam Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 12,500. The stadium was built in 1997 and has been Oxford United’s home ground ever since. The Boys from Up the Hill are well known for their yellow and blue colours, but they play their away games in dark blue (with a little yellow) or black kits.
Oxford’s player with the most league appearances is John Shuker, playing 478 games for the club from 1962 to 1977. On the other hand, Jim Magilton is the club’s most capped player in internationals, playing 18 games for Northern Ireland.