Fleetwood Town face Portsmouth on Saturday 16 January at Highbury in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 16 January 2021
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: James Bell (Referee), Richard Bartlett & Matthew Bristow (Assistant Referees), Sebastian Stockbridge (Fourth Official)
Town returned to action on Tuesday evening as they travelled to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City in the third round of the Papa John’s trophy which, unfortunately, ended in a 3-2 defeat.
The Cod Army took the lead through Paddy Madden early on, with Wes Burns adding to that early in the second half. Hull pulled one back through substitute Mallik Wilks before Keane Lewis-Potter and Lewie Coyle both found the back of the net to earn their side a spot in the next round.
Before that, Fleetwood ended up drawing 1-1 with Crewe Alexandra at The Alexandra Stadium on Boxing Day. Wes Burns opened the scoring in that one, but a controversial goal by former-Fleetwood forward Mikael Mandron meant the game would finish in a draw.
Portsmouth have not shown the same form they face over the last couple of months in the last week as they have been knocked out of both the Emirates FA Cup and Papa John’s trophy.
In the FA Cup, Pompey made the trip to face Bristol City, which ended in a 2-1 loss after Chris Martin’s late winner. Soon after, Kenny Jackett’s team fielded a rotated side against Peterborough in the EFL Trophy and, even though Ellis Harrison scored in the 90th minute, they lost the game 5-1 on the night.
The team from Fratton Park have also played Hull recently, with that game being their latest in League One. A Jacob Greaves own goal early on started the game well for Portsmouth, and another own goal from Josh Magennis ten minutes into the second half sealed the points for the side.
ONE TO WATCH: JOHN MARQUIS
The one to watch for Town’s clash with Portsmouth is forward John Marquis. The 28-year-old is currently the top scorer with nine goals in the league, and eleven in all competitions.
Lewisham-born Marquis started his career in August 2009 at Millwall and went out on seven different loan spells during his time at The Den, with his most prolific time coming in 2015 whilst at Gillingham. In that spell, the forward managed eight goals in 21 appearances.
Even though he spent much of his time out on loan, Marquis also made over 65 appearances for Millwall, scoring six goals in that time.
In June 2016, Marquis made the move to Doncaster Rovers and went on to spend the next three years in Yorkshire. Not only did he make over 150 appearances for the club, but he also found the next on 67 occasions.
This attracted the attention of Pompey who made a move for the number nine in August 2019. Since joining the side from Fratton Park, he has scored 25 goals in 71 matches.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Portsmouth on Saturday.
With fans still unable to attend games, the iFollow match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army play.
Simon Wiles' side are set to face Portsmouth in a league clash at Highbury on Sunday, with Town looking to get back to winning ways - and you can watch the game for just £10!
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.