Portsmouth host Charlton Athletic at Fratton Park this Saturday in a big weekend for the hosts. Pompey need a win to extend their lead at the top of the table but Charlton need a win to get themselves in the conversation for Play-offs.
Portsmouth currently sit top of League One after 15 games. Pompey have ten wins and five draws and are the only unbeaten team left in the league. The 35 point haul so far leaves them three points ahead of second place Oxford United.
In their last five games in all competitions, Portsmouth have three wins, one draw and one loss. Conor Shaughnessy left it late against Carlisle, grabbing the only goal of the game in the 93rd minute for the 1 - 0 win for Portsmouth. However, next time out Portsmouth were held to a goalless draw by Cambridge United. Pompey had 62% of the possession and 16 shots but were unable to find a goal.
Pompey bounced back against a struggling Reading. Lewis Wing opened the scoring for Reading and the lead was doubled by Charlie Savage in the 27th minute. Tino Anjorin and Colby Bishop got Portsmouth level before halftime and Terry Devlin grabbed the winner in the second half as Amadou Mbengue was sent off for Reading. However, Pompey were handed a shock loss in the First round of the FA Cup. Tom Naylor scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute to give Chesterfield the 1 - 0 win.
The last time out for Portsmouth was against Leyton Orient in the Football League Trophy. Sean Ragett was sent off early on for Pompey but that didn’t stop Portsmouth from winning as Christian Saydee and Abu Kamara both scored in the 2 - 1 win.
Charlton, on the other hand, sit 11th. In 15 games, Charlton have six wins, three draws and six losses which leaves them on 21 points, five points from the final Play-off place.
In their last five games in all competitions, Charlton have two wins, one draw and two losses. Chuks Aneke, Tyreece Campbell, Alfie May and Miles Leaburn all scored in the 4 - 0 thrashing of Reading. However, next time out Charlton were on the losing side against Lincoln. May opened the scoring in the tenth minute but a brace from Hakeeb Adelakun and a goal from Sean Roughan gave Lincoln the 3 - 1 win.
Another loss came next time out against Bolton. Charlton only managed one shot on target as Randell Williams and Dion Charles both scored in the first half for the 2 - 0 win for Bolton. However, Charlton bounced back against Wigan. May scored twice along with a goal from Corey Blackett-Taylor to give Charlton the 3 - 0 lead at halftime. Thelo Aasgaard and Stephen Humphrys both scored late in the second half but it wasn’t enough as Charlton took home the 3 - 2 win.
The most recent outing for Charlton was in the First round of the FA Cup against Cray Valley Paper Mills. Scott Fraser opened the scoring but an own goal from Lucas Ness levelled the game. Neither team could find the winner as the game finished 1 - 1.
Portsmouth and Charlton is a historic fixture, happening over 114 times and the first meeting coming all the way back in 1922. Portsmouth have 46 wins in the fixture in comparison to Charlton’s 40 wins, with the other 28 games ending in a draw.