Tony and Johnnys Blue army march east to west ham tomorrow, a ground with a fair amount of success.
Last week and Tony Adams got his overdue first win as boss, that’s not to say we have been off-key, far from it, but lady luck was casting her wand elsewhere for a while and in the end it was graft that saw us grab 3 points.
West Ham have had more downs than ups of late, Zola has replaced Alan Curbishley in the land where jellied eels are a delicacy rather than something you wouldn’t feed the dog, but he is another who doesn’t appear to be getting the rub of the green just now. But luck only plays a part, Zola has put some faith in youth, and lets be honest, the production line on the East end of London has dealt a few more than decent players in the last few years.
Late goals cost the Irons dearly last week, after out-playing Everton for 80 minutes they contrived to throw it all away conceding 3 late ones.
Pompey on the other hand did the opposite, we went behind to an early Cisse goal but fought back to clinch it in the last minute with a goal from tomorrows public enemy number 1.
West Ham Team News:
Carlton Cole returns from suspension and may displace Freddie Sears up front, James Collins should have shaken off a handcuffing to carry on in defence, while Upson has shaken off the knock which forced him off last week.
Kieron Dyer has returned to full training, but is some way short of match fitness.
Player to watch: Bellamy
Not everyones favourite Welsh bloke, he is a royal pain in the rectum, but 2 goals he scored at fratton whilst at Blackburn are indelibly engraved on my mind and he poses a real threat when he gets it right.
Pompey Team News:
Sol Campbell has managed to acquire a toe injury, Younes Kaboul who has been cited as his natural successor will get another chance to prove he is the man for such a job.
John Utaka has a nasty case of Eartha Kitts, so Kranjcar may get another chance to try and adjust to a new role on the right, although Glen Little has recovered from injury number 36 for the season and may feature.
Player to watch: Defoe
Who else can it be? Bound to receive a warm welcome, the Hammers fans love it when an old boy returns, and no doubt he will be presented with a nice hamper before kick-off and be welcomed in the pub after.
Match Facts & Stats
Pompey are yet to face defeat at the Boleyn in the premiership, in fact we are yet to leave without 3 points.
We fair pretty well at E13, West Ham haven’t kept a clean sheet as long as a 6 month old baby with Irritable Bowel, 23/2/08 to be exact,so goals should be on the menu, but who to?
If you have not already made your predictions in the Pompey predictions league on this match do it here.
Next up is this seasons contendors for ‘punching above your weight’