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Opposition Report: Portsmouth

30 November 2020

Fifth placed Portsmouth head to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening, in a return to Sky Bet League One action.

Pompey come into Tuesday’s game on the back of an emphatic 6-1 Emirates FA Cup victory over National League side Kings Lynn Town, which included six separate goal scorers.

Portsmouth are League One’s top scorers so far this season, finding the back of the net 26 times. John Marquis has led the line superbly well for Pompey, finding the back of the net nine times in the league and 11 in all competitions so far this campaign.

The Hampshire-based Club are now in their fourth season back in League One, after gaining promotion back in 2017. Since then, Kenny Jackett’s side have been involved in two play-off campaigns and won the 2019 EFL Trophy, where they beat Sunderland on penalties at Wembley Stadium.

Last Time We Met

The points were shared on Portsmouth’s last visit to Bloomfield Road in August 2019. The visitors took the lead in the first half through Marcus Harness, before Armand Gnanduillet equalised for the Seasiders.

The Manager

Kenny Jackett is a vastly experienced manager, having amassed over 800 matches in charge of sides up and down the country. The 58-year-old has managed the likes of Watford, Swansea City, Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning several promotions and cup competitions along the way in his managerial career.

Jackett is now in his fourth season in charge at Fratton Park, after taking over from Paul Cook who left for Wigan Athletic in 2017.

The Key Player

24-year-old Marcus Harness has impressed on the flanks for Portsmouth. Having signed for Pompey from Burton Albion in 2019 for an undisclosed fee, Harness has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the Fratton Park side, scoring 17 goals.

He has so far scored six goals and provided five assists to his team mates this season, in what is his best season to date.

Harness signed for Burton Albion’s Academy as a 14-year-old, going on to make nearly 100 appearances for the Brewers, as well as enjoying loan spells at Ilkeston Town, Aldershot Town and Port Vale before the move to Portsmouth.

Watch The Game Live

The match at Bloomfield Road is available to watch live on iFollow.

Season ticket holders will simply be able to login to iFollow, and watch the match.

Non-season ticket holders can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off for the game is at 7pm.

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