There used to be a time when this was a regular fixture, but now we need the cup to keep us in contact, although next season may see us meet on level terms.
I was used to think of Brighton as our little neighbour down the road, during the 80’s they had a purple patch, having 4 years in the top flight and a cup final where ‘Smith must score’.
Since then it has been bottom tier football, like Pompey they have ran hand in hand with extinction a couple of times, even losing the Goldstone to dodgy property deal in 1997.
Success has been slowly returning however, a new stadium is almost ready, and in terms of infra- structure they are about to overtake Pompey.
Brighton Team News:
Brighton will have Chris Wood available after WBA gave permission for him to be cup-tied, the New Zealander is currently trying to carve out a career in the English leagues after showing early promise.
Noone misses out after already featuring for Plymouth in earlier rounds, Cladreon completes his ban, while player-coach Taricco continues at right back.
Gus poyet is at the luxury of being able to rest a few players as his priority is promotion, however the lure of claiming a higher league scalp may be too tempting.
Player to watch: Murray
Minty has been the main goal threat so far with a goal every other game, he will fancy his chances against a suspect Pompey defence.
Pompey Team News:
Pompey lose Halford to a ban, Rocha to injury and Kitson has a foot injury, the latter should figure however, while Joel Ward will return a t right back with Sonko likely to resume at centre back with Hreidarsson, Mokoena may return to his favourite centre midfield.
Player to watch: Lawrence
Along with Nugent he has been a shining light this season as we have flucuated in form terms, he will be the main man in terms of attacking options.
Match Facts & Stats
Last time we met was back in 2003, we headed in differnt directions at the time, Pompey were heading upwards and Brighton for a spell that saw them reach league 2, Pompey took 4 points from 6 that season, whilst in the cup Brighton beat us 1-0 back in 1993.
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