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The League One meeting at Fratton Park on Saturday sees home side Portsmouth go into battle with opponents Blackpool.
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Portsmouth enter this match following a 2-2 League One stalemate against Charlton Athletic.
For Portsmouth, the scorers were Abu Kamara (31') and Colby Bishop (75'). Alfie May (71') and Conor McGrandles (93') scored for Charlton Athletic.
John Mousinho's Portsmouth have hit the back of the net a sum total of 13 times over their prior 6 outings. At the other end, the tally of goals that they have conceded in those games stands at 6.
Leading up to this clash, Portsmouth:
- have not beaten Blackpool in their last 4 league games.
- have not been beaten in their last 14 home league matches. It really has been a fortress.
Blackpool will go into the clash following a 4-0 League One win with the defeat of Shrewsbury Town in their previous game.
For Blackpool, the scorers were Jordan Rhodes (19'), Jake Beesley (33', 82') and Kyle Joseph (74').
Looking at their form, and Blackpool have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 11 goals in all. Defensively, Blackpool have been far from perfect. That kind of pattern isn’t assured to be sustained into this match, of course.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Blackpool:
- are undefeated by Portsmouth when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 4 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their past head-to-head meetings stretching back to 24/02/2018 tells us that Portsmouth have won 1 of these games & Blackpool 4, with the tally of draws being 1.
A combined sum of 10 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 3 of them from Pompey and 7 coming from The Seasiders. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.67.
The previous league meeting between these sides was League One match day 30 on 20/02/2021 when it ended Portsmouth 0-1 Blackpool.
The referee was Sam Allison.
Team News: Portsmouth
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the Portsmouth gaffer John Mousinho to contend with from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Josh Dockerill (Cruciate ligament tear) misses out.
Team News: Blackpool
Due to a fully injury-free group to pick from, the Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has no fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash.
Here, we’re thinking that Blackpool might have a difficult job to hit the back of the net against this Portsmouth outfit who we reckon should just have the edge.
We’re therefore expecting a very even contest with a 1-0 win for Portsmouth at full-time.
We’ll see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Fratton Park (20,899)
Captain: Marlon Pack
Chairman: Michael Eisner
Manager: John Mousinho
Competitions: League One position 1, EFL Trophy (Group E - South)
🔑 Key Player: Colby Bishop
Mostly playing in the Striker position, Colby Bishop was born in Nottingham, England. After having played his first senior match for Notts County in the 2014 - 2015 season, the skilful Forward has scored 10 league goals in this League One 2023 - 2024 season so far coming from a total of 16 appearances.