Date: 8th November 2008 at 9:33am
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Pompey head to the far North this afternoon, in search for our first win under the stewardship of Tony Adams.

Vital Quotes:

Pompeys bench will have a bare look about it this afternoon, in the last 2 weeks Redknapp has departed and now Joe Jordan has also vacated his spot in the dugout, Tony Adams is going to look a lonely man.
Rumours of who are to replace his staff are aplenty, but today it is Tony and Kev the kitman, unless big Kev is washing lilywhite now.

Sunderlands form has been up and down this season, much like our own, a good win is met by a heavy defeat, they have had good draws at Arsenal, the derby win against Newcastle, but lost to Stoke and been thrashed by Chelsea, as I say, similar to our own form.
Much has been made of Tony adams coming up against an old foe in Roy Keane, the Arsenal/Man U rivalry being used to stoke the encounter up, but to see how times have changed, the Mackems Chairman is Arsenal legend Niall ‘disco pants’ Quinn and Keanes assistant is none other than Kevin Richardson, also from an Arsenal glory age.

Sunderland Team News:

Kenwyne Jones should be able to resume hostilities with David James, Jamo was involved in the collision that sidelined Jones until recently on International duty.
Cisse may come in to partner him upfront, while Chopra has been sent out to try the betting shops in Wales.
Goalkeeper Gordon is a doubt, Fulop may continue to deputise.
George McCartney looks likely to miss out, the ex-West Ham man picked up an foot injury in last weeks tonking.

Player to watch: Jones

Anyone need reminding of the runaround he gave our defence last year?

Pompey Team News:

Pompey have no new injury worries, but Niko Kranjcar may be pushing for a starting spot after last weeks goalscoring second-half.
Sol Campbell was the main recipitent of last years Kenwyne Jones show, but the big man is enjoying somewhat of an Indian summer at the moment.
Defoe will be hoping to start after being benched in the last away match at Liverpool, the England man is having a bit of a drought at the moment, he hasn’t scored since the start of October, and by his standards that is a famine.

Player to watch: Crouch

I get a feeling he is the man today, he may not always get the goals, but he makes a fair few for Defoe and can cause havoc.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season we lost 2-0, but the time before was the year of Matt Taylor and a 4-1 win when we were struggling under Perrin.

Ref Watch:

Toxteth O’Grady

Match Prediction:

Pompey must be due a change of luck after last week, the woodwork is still wobbling at Fratton, but Sunderland will be looking to bounce back from last weeks drubbing.
If you have not already made your predictions in the Pompey predictions league on this match do it here.

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