Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Swindon Town will be aiming to put an end to their five-game losing run in the League One when they take on Portsmouth in the League One round 43. The Robins are stuck at the bottom of the standings, and, as things stand now, they will find it hard to secure the League One survival. Both Mathieu Baudry and Ezekiel Fryers are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team ahead of the visit of Portsmouth.
The Pompey, on the other hand, are desperate to secure a top-six finish which will see them book their place in the playoffs. Portsmouth failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to MK Dons, but they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course in the English fourth tier. Even though suspended defender Jack Whatmough has joined Michael Jacobs, Alex Bass, Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila, and Ellis Harrison on the sidelines, we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing visitors.
Highlighted Player (Zeki Fryers):
Zeki Fryers is a product of Manchester United football academy who plays for Swindon Town in the League Two. Born in Manchester, England, on September 9, 1992, Fryers made two appearances for the Red Devils in the Premier League.
He made his debut for the English giants in the League Cup game against Leeds United on September 20, 2011. The 183-cm tall left-back played for the likes of Standard Liege, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Rotherham United (loan), Ipswich Town (loan), and Barnsley as well before signing a deal with Swindon Town in 2019 as a free player.
He made his Swindon Town debut in the League Two in a 2-0 win at Scunthorpe United on August 3, 2019. Speaking of his international career, Zeki Fryers played for the England U16, U17, and U19 teams in the past. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a centre-back as well. His preferred foot is left.
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.