Match Preview: Portsmouth vs Swindon Town

Form Guide… 

12th placed Swindon are on a run of 4 games without a League One victory. Last time out Town secured a 2-2 draw at Carlisle United, twice coming back from behind in Cumbria thanks to goals from Adam Rooney and Paul Benson.

Away from the County Ground in the League, Town are without a win in 6 games, their last victory being a 1-0 defeat of Morecambe on 6th April in League Two. Those six games has seen Swindon win 3 points from 18.

Portsmouth are 17th with 5 points and were beaten 2-1 at home by Walsall at the weekend. Pompey are without a win in 5 games at Fratton Park, their last victory being a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in April.

Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk Head-to-Head…

In all League, FA Cup and Football League competitions, Town have faced Portsmouth on 106 occasions, winning 38, drawing 22 and defeated 46 times; scoring 154 and conceding 170.

At Fratton Park, Swindon have 9 wins, 10 draws and 15 defeats, scoring 46 and conceding 64.

Swindon haven’t won in the last 5 meetings between the sides. In our two recent trips to Fratton Park we’ve suffered heavy defeats; 2-5 on 12th September 1998 and 1-4 on 25th March 2000.

Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk History Book…

Pompey were formed in 1898, after the demise of the Portsmouth based Royal Artillery club, who were banned from the FA Amateur Cup that season for professionalism. It was from the Royal Artillery supporters that the famous “Pompey Chimes” chant first originated – and the new Portsmouth club also took the club’s colours – pink – and many of their players. Swindon first travelled to Pompey in 1899, when the sides were drawn together in the FA Cup, Pompey winning by two goals to one, and with Portsmouth taking on the Artillery’s Southern League place, the two sides became regular opponents immediately – and Pompey quickly became a bogey team, the Town losing fourteen of the first sixteen encounters.

One of these early encounters was the only known occasion when the Town took to the field for a competitive first team fixture with only ten players. Bizarrely, in the days of the old 2-3-5 formation, instead of sacrificing a forward, Swindon lined up with just one defender – Paddy Fagan – who was overran as Pompey ran out 5-1 winners.

In 1993, both Portsmouth and Swindon were in the race for promotion to the Premier League. In the penultimate game of the season, West Ham visited the County Ground for a match shown live on TV – and with the Hammers and Pompey being the only challengers for the second automatic promotion spot, the Town had a lot of support on the South Coast. Swindon however had already qualified for the play-offs, and when West Ham ran out 3-1 winners and went on to claim second place, some of the Pompey fans blamed the Town for allegedly not taking the game seriously. The situation was made worse after the play-offs, when Leicester beat Pompey in the semi-finals, and the Town triumphed at Wembley – and when the two teams were drawn together in the League Cup the following season, it was billed as somewhat of a revenge match in Portsmouth, and they beat Swindon 2-0.

TheWashbag.com League One Rankings

Defence

Attack

 

Pompey  (Hosts)

r

 STFC (Away)

r

 

Utd  (Hosts)

r

  STFC     (Away)

r

Shots Against Per Game

11.3

21

9.7

9

Shots For Per Game

13

5

8

15

% Shots Against on Target

29.4%

2

44.8%

10

% Shots For on Target

46.2%

14

70.8%

1

% Save Rate

60%

20

50%

22

% Strike Rate

5%

22

12.5%

13

Corners Against Per Game

5

8

4

4

Corners Won Per Game

5

17

7.3

3

Possession Conceded

42%

2

49%

6

Possession Won

58%

2

51%

6

R = rank: The ranking shown for each measure indicates the efficiency of the sides against the rest of the division as either hosts or the away side | 1 equals the best and 24 is the worst | TheWashbag.com

Away from home Town have the third worst save rate in League One. Fortunately we face Pompey who’ve one of the poorest ranked rates and allow plenty of shots against them as hosts. Also, Town test the opposition keeper the most of any side on their travels, so perhaps Swindon may sneak it on goals despite the likely lack of possession…?

SCORED

1-15

16-30

31-45

45+

46-60

61-75

76-90

90+

Pompey (as hosts)

0

 1

0

0

0

1

0

0

STFC (away)

0

 1

1

0

1

0

0

0

Not much to go on at this early stage in the season with both teams scoring few goals…

CONCEDED

1-15

16-30

31-45

45+

46-60

61-75

76-90

90+

Pompey (as hosts)

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

STFC (away)

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

Town have conceded early in league away games this season, whereas Pompey leak goals at Fratton Park in the second half. Pompey look favourites to open the scoring.

My prediction… 

Town to go behind early, but get two back either side of half time to secure a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park.

Come on You Reds!

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