Man United the champions elect come down to the park again, Fratton is not always their favourite hunting ground with two defeats in Pompey’s first two Premiership years, although recent form is heavily stacked in their favour.
Fergies men are on the charge at the moment, defeat in Rome will count for little tonight as they go about in trying to re-claim a trophy they have come to think of as their own.
Pompey Team News:
After last weeks sickening result at Fulham, Harry may make one or two tinkering changes to the formation, Matt Taylor’s work rate may sneak him in front of Kranjcar, and up front its a case of 1 from 4, or the preferred home formation of 2 from 4. Toddy’s cameo at Fulham and the news of a possible contract renewal should be enough for a place on the bench again, and I expect Kanu to hold down his starting place despite recent terrace criticism. At the back Johnson is still out, so Lauren should hold off the challenge of Pamarot for the right back slot.
Player to watch: Hughes
For a bloke with one F.A. cup goal to his name, he has come mighty close in our two last away matches, striking the post at Reading and forcing Niemi into a scrambling save last week, not bad for a holding midfielder! He actually looks more likely to hit the net than either O’Neil or Davis at the moment.
Man U Team News:
Scholes is eligible despite his mid-week red card, Evra should be fit to return and Fergie his unlikely to field a weakened squad in pursuit of European glory, as the lure of the Premiership remains just as great.
Player to watch: Scholes
He will have a point to prove after Wednesdays disappointment, he remains the fulcrum of Uniteds midfield and is in the middle of a storming season.( I seem to remember him taking out Benjani in last seasons fixture?)
Match Facts & Stats
Pompey will remain capable of pulling off a shock at Fratton, The last for years has been 2-1 in terms of wins and defeats, and for some reason they don’t like the South coast, they also took a few hammerings up the road during Hampshires second teams tenure in the Prem.
Mark Clattenburg (curly hair, problem bald patch kicking in)
I’m starting to give up on predicting as i’m always just out, so I’ll go for Pompey glory in one last attempt.
Watford (we should feel at home in a ground as crap as our own)