Back down South at last for a ‘local’ derby, well as local as we get now, the other team in Hampshire are doing quite well in the Conference right now, but the Premiership is a way off yet.
The fun of the Carling cup is over for now, and whilst Reading lost an entertaining game against Liverpool, Pompey edged out Burnley with a Nugent ‘hand of God’ goal.
Pompey Team News:
Midfield looks the place to be right now, Davis, Muntari and Diop are the men in possesion, but Mendes did his chances no harm at Turf Moor. Taylor and Kranjcar will also be vying for a spot after a spell on the sidelines.
Distin and Campbell continue what is arguably the best central defensive partnership in the Premiership, with Pamarot having to be content with a spot on the bench.
Up front Benjani should start this one, but who with? Kanu has a couple of knocks and this could be the chance David Nugent has been waiting for.
Player to watch: Nugent
I really feel this is his moment, confidence plays a big part in any players game, but if Kanu fails to make it, it is time for the Nugget to show if he is golden, or plain old clod.
Reading Team News:
Bobby Convey is out after scoring a blinder against Liverpool, Little and Mate stay out along with Oster.
Kitson should be restored to the line-up alongside Lita.
Player to watch: Lita
Loosely linked with Pompey a little while back, Nugent’s u21 partner has had a better baptism in the Premiership, and will prove a handful.
Match Facts & Stats
3-1 last year in probably Pompey’s best performance at home all season, although we banged in 3, the scoreline actually flattered the Royals.
Mark Halsey (Lancs) Can’t get away from the place can we!
Pompey should be favourites, Reading will play open football, and this could be the catalyst for counter-attack football from Utaka, stick your guesses here.
Fulham at the Cottage