Pompey and City lock horns once more, both teams had stuttering starts to the season, but both recorded impressive first wins last tuesday.
Bristol beat Leicester on their own patch to record their maiden victory of this infant season, their impressive 2-1 win was without David James who has had an innocuous start to the season with several clangers.
Pompey of course beat Reading who had of course inflicted the first defeat on Leicester a week previous, look for your own omens on that one!
Pompey are also in the rare position of having strikers to select from with the recent acquisitions of Benjani and Huseklepp, hopefully this was the kick up the aris that Kitson needed.
Bristol City Team News:
Bristol are highly likely to go with the same team that beat Leicester, that means Jamo will dip out once more.
Liam Fontaine probably won’t be risked either after turning an ankle on the maiden day of the season.
Player to watch: Maynard
Easy on to pick really, although Adomah will be remembered by Pompey fans for his smash and grab counter attacking that saw the end of Pompey’s record clean sheet run last March.
Maynard is being closely monitored by a fair few clubs, he scored 2 midweek and missed a penalty to boot.
Pompey Team News:
Steve Cotterill must be in heaven right now, from only being able to name 3 subs in the debacle against Barnet, he now has to leave a couple of senior pro’s out of his squad altogether.
Both Benjani and Huseklepp will probably be on the bench, although SC is champing at the bit to let them loose.
Kanu cannot be seriously be expected to play a 3rd game in a week, this may mean a return to 4-3-3 for Pompey, Ward being most likely to slot back in.
Player to watch: Pearce
Had a blinder midweek, he has set his standards high now though, if he performs like that every week however we will have a bread and butter defender we haven’t had since the days of Arjen DeZeeuw, esteemed company for Pearcey to keep.
Match Facts & Stats
2-1 last term at Ashton, Pompey’s last defeat before that was in April 1999, with the likes of Durnin, Vlachos and Jeff Peron in the side.
Place your prediction buster here.
Cardiff next week back at the park