Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will be looking to build on a 2-0 win over Sunderland when they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Matchday 32. The Pompey did not make a flying start to the season, but they have been making progress week by week, and, as a result, they are now seen as one of the main favourites to secure automatic promotion to the Championship. Portmouth are eyeing their ninth consecutive win in all competitions, and they are likely to take advantage of the fact that Tranmere Rovers do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment.
The Rovers are on a three-game losing run in the League One ahead of the visit of the Pompey, meaning that the lack of confidence should prove to be a big problem for the relegation strugglers. January signing Steve Sendon has already started paying off, and we predict that the former Birmingham City full-back is likely to keep his place in the starting XI. Recco Hackett-Fairchild, on the other hand, has yet to make his Portsmouth debut.
Highlighted Player (Stefan Payne):
Born in Lambeth, England on August 10, 1991, Stefan Payne is an English footballer who plays for Tranmere Rovers as a forward. Payne is a product of Croydon youth academy and he played for the likes of Sutton United, Fulham, Gillingham, Braintree Town, Aldershot Town, Sutton United, Macclesfield Town, Ebbsfleet United, AFC Hornchurch, Dover Athletic, Barnsley, Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers before signing a permanent deal with Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2019.
Stefan Payne has one cap with the England national football C team. His main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as both right and left winger as well. Stefan Payne’s preferred foot is right and his contract with Tranmere Rovers should expire on June 30, 2021.
In the 2017/2018 season the English defender made it to the EFL Trophy final with Shrewsbury, but Lincoln City proved to be a big catch for the Blues in the title game.
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.