Pompey rumble into Portugal for the next step of their European adventure, 3,000 fans have made the trip to witness a first for Pompey who play a competitive match in Europe for the first time. The game is live on Channel 5 at 9.35.
Harry Redknapp has promised us that he has no intentions of sitting on a first leg lead, after keeping a clean sheet at home, an away goal would tilt the tie very heavily Pompey’s way.
If Pompey were to progress to the group stages, the financial benefits would no doubt not be lost on the management and board alike.
Guimaraes Team News:
Vitoria are boosted by the return of Brazilian striker Douglas, he missed the first leg at Fratton, but hit 2 goals in their away win on Saturday. Flavio Meireles also returns from his ban to skipper the side.
Domestically Guimaraes are yet to win at home this season, their away form has been good though, and the tie will no doubt be a tide of pressure from the white shirts.
Player to watch: Douglas
The word ‘Brazilian’ either makes you think of a waxing procedure or skilful South American, both are silky smooth and Douglas is the pinnacle of Guimaraes’ attack.
Pompey Team News:
Sean Davis has recovered from his latest groin injury and vies with Richard Hughes for the midfield anchorman role. Diarra’s ban won’t kick in until the Stoke match, so Dijon can gives us a farewell performance and keep up his record of never losing a cup tie.
Diop has travelled with the squad but remains very doubtful.
Glen Little will be hoping he did enough Sunday to keep out Utaka.
Player to watch: Crouch
Probably our most experienced European campaigner with a good goalscoring record in continental ties. Defoe has been the fulcrum of of the attacking two so far, maybe its Crouchies turn to shine?
Match Facts & Stats
Selcuk Dereli from Turkey
Pompey need only not to lose by more than 2 goals, any win or draw puts us through.
Stoke at Fratton