Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will be looking to build on a 3-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons when they host Rochdale at their Fratton Park on Matchday 34. The Pompey have been impressive at home ground of late, and you should bear mind that they are eyeing their sixth consecutive home win in the League One. Portsmouth are only five points behind top two in the standings, meaning that they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Rochdale.
John Marquis, who scored his eighth goal of the season in the midweek fixture, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The Dale suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Sunderland and Coventry City in the previous two league matches, with the team remaining in the danger zone. Given Portsmouth’s impressive home record, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed.
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 (Rochdale):
Nicknamed the Dale, Rochdale are a professional English club that compete in the League One (English third tier). Rochdale were founded back in 1907, after World War I, with the team beating Accrington Stanley 6-3 in their first league game 14 years later.
The Dale wear blue shirts with black stripes and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst gray is the dominant colour of their away kit. Spotland Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding no more than 10,249 spectators. Bury and Oldham Athletic are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have built up rivalries with the likes of Halifax Town, Burnley, Stockport County, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley as well.
Back in 1962 Rochdale made it to the Football League Cup final, with the team facing Norwich City in the title game. The Canaries proved to be a big catch for the Dale, but this is still considered the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the Spotland Stadium outfit have three Lancashire Cup titles as well (1948/1949, 1970/1971, 2004/2005).