More often than not we have been better away from home this season, we have another chance to prove this – and throw a spanner in the works of a promotion chasing side – when we head to Cardiff on Saturday.
Cardiff will be looking for ‘revenge’ following our FA cup final win over them a few years back.
Victory for them will move them a step closer to the ‘promised land’ where we were when we beat them to lift the FA cup, which ‘should’ give them added incentive to want to do so especially those still around from that May day in 2008…
Many of our players are, or at least seem to be, going through the motions now, if this remains the case we could get spanked good and proper!
Cardiff Team News:
Stephen McPhail – ‘niggling injury’ – is battling to be fit although one man this is definitely out is Michael Chopra – hamstring – so that is one less attacking threat for us to worry about.
Player to watch: Jay Bothroyd
The guy has struggled for goals since his England call-up earlier in the season although he still has 18 for the season and I have little doubt he will cause problems for us.
Pompey Team News:
Hayden Mullins – suspension – is out after his sending off against Coventry, following a failed appeal against this.
Liam Lawrence – hamstring – got on in the 2nd half against Coventry so will almost certainly come back into the starting line-up in place of Mullins.
Steve Cotterill has a pretty much full strength squad to select from although one of the loanees will again miss out, I would think Ibrahima Sonko again as he has in recent weeks.
Player to watch: Liam Lawrence
To be honest I do not think that we missed the guy too much earlier in the season when he was injured although he does make us tick to be honest when at his best. If he is ‘ticking’ then others should follow…
Match Facts & Stats
In 56 previous meetings in total Pompey hold a 23-19 lead, with 14 draws. Away though we are 11-10 behind with 7 draws.
The last meeting came in August with Cardiff winning 2-0 at Fratton, the meeting before that was of course the FA cup final in May 2008, which we won 1-0.
The last meeting between these two sides in a league game at Cardiff, at their old Ninian Park ground, came way back in October 1984 when we won 2-1 in the old second division.
Pompey are on a poor run, although we have won 3 of our last 5 away. Cardiff are up into 2nd and have automatic promotion in their own hands. This makes for only one outcome, right? Or does it…
Make your prediction here.