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Match Preview: Portsmouth

21 February 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Portsmouth

21 February 2022

Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Tuesday night as they welcome Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One.

Salop were supposed to play at the Meadow on Saturday afternoon against Morecambe however a waterlogged pitch forced the game to be called off. Portsmouth also had a game called off on Saturday as their Sky Bet League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra was also called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

With both games being called off on Saturday, Salop come into this one off the back of their 1-0 away defeat to Plymouth Argyle whilst Pompey travel to Shropshire with their last game ending up as an impressive 4-0 home win against Doncaster Rovers.

Pompey are a club currently on a rebuild – arguably one of English football’s biggest clubs – and fans of Portsmouth have been through hell and back. Winning the FA Cup as recently as 2008 but also getting relegated to fourth-tier back in 2013-14. Financial problems have seen the club enter administration and on the verge of going bankrupt. Since becoming debt-free in September 2014, Portsmouth have been trying to get back to the very top of English football.

Now with Danny Cowley in charge, the club is currently sitting in 11th place, having won their past two league games. Although they are currently 11 points away from the play-offs, Pompey fans will be hoping to go on a run from now until the end of the season so they can make the playoffs – as they have on two occasions since their promotion back to Sky Bet League One in the 2016-17 season.

Name: Portsmouth Football Club

Founded: 1898 (123-years-ago)

Chairman: Michael Eisner

Biggest Win: 9-0 vs Notts County, Division Two, April 1927

Biggest Defeat: 0-10 vs Leicester City, Division One, October 1928

Highest League Finish: 1st, Football League First Division (First Tier), 1948-49 and 1949-50

One to Watch: Marcus Harness

Since he joined from Burton Albion in 2019, Harness has gone on to make himself a regular for Portsmouth in League One and has made just under 100 league appearances for Pompey. Last season, he scored seven goals and got three assists in 46 league games. This season, he’s got nine league goals and two assists in just 26 games, taking his game to the next level. Despite playing on the right side of midfield, he remains one of Pompey’s biggest threats and Salop will need to be mindful of the 25-year-old if they’re to keep all three points in Shropshire come Saturday evening.


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