Last Time Out
The Cobblers beat Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night while Portsmouth saw off Burton Albion 2-0 at the Pirelli Stadium.
One To Watch
One of Pompey’s star turns this season has been young Alex Robertson, who scored his first senior goal in their win at Burton on Tuesday night.
Dundee born Robertson is on loan from Manchester City and his class has shone through in the middle of the park. The 20-year-old loves to get forward and has composure on the ball that belies his age. Robertson already looks on a different level than most in League One and we’ll need to keep him shackled on Saturday.
The Cobblers are still easing Jon Guthrie back to fitness and will make a late decision on him and fellow defender Patrick Brough after the left back pulled out late in the day on Tuesday. Ali Koiki, though, faces a spell on the sidelines after limping off at Stadium: MK in the EFL Trophy last week.
Portsmouth could be without leading scorer Colby Bishop after he had to be withdrawn on Tuesday night at half time with an ankle injury. Former Cobblers loanee Regan Poole is also out while Connor Ogilvie, Tino Anjorin, Anthony Scully, Tom Lowery and Josh Dockerill are others set to miss out again.
Darren Drysdale is the referee on Saturday at Sixfields. Drysdale was in charge for two Cobblers wins last season, a 2-0 success at Barrow and the 2-1 victory over Gillingham at Sixfields. Declan O’Shea and Ravel Cheosiaua are running the lines and Daniel Robinson is fourth official.
I can see goals in this one with both sides able to find the net regularly this season. It should be a fairly open game so I’m going for a 2-2 draw.
A Cobblers fan all his life, Danny is the most down to earth football supporter from Northampton.
While at university in Southampton, Danny kept up to date with all things NTFC from afar, sharing his thoughts on his ‘A Load Of Cobblers’ online blog.