Reading roll into Fratton tomorrow evening, no doubt fancing their chances after an impresive win away to promotion favourites Leicester, that and Pompey’s slow start will encourage their fans.
Well Benjani has signed and is available, he has cited a lack of fitness however, hopefully he willl not start on half batteries, that would do his game no favours and make him more susceptible to injury.
Reading puled off somewhat of a shock last weekend, beating Leicester by 2 goals on their turf is no mean feat, Pompey however will probably have in the back of their minds the defeat at the Madjeski last spring, the game was ruined by Rocha’s sending off, it was also the end of our play-off push and the catalyst for a fine end of season run by themselves.
Pompey Team News:
Well does Benji start? Kanu is highly unlikely to after playing on saturday, Kitson will probably come straight back in, hopefully in a 4-4-2 after the formation on saturday made us look somewhat one dimensional.
Young Ryan Williams did himself no harm again after his 10 minutes, he looks an asset form the bench so far.
Ricardo Rocha will no doubt be smarting after missing out against Brighton, Mokoena however defended stoutly on the day. Another player eyeing a starting slot will be JHason pearce who is finally legible after suspension.
Player to watch: Benjani
Hardly a difficult choice, he is a hero at Fratton, hopefully his fitness levels are high enough to make a favourable impression.
Reading Team News:
Jay Tabb is available for the first time this season for Reading, he like Pearce for Pompey paid the price for a play-off sending off.
Manset came off at the weekend, this turns out to have been a precautionary measure with him suffering cramp.
Player to watch: Manset
Ok it’s only 2 games in, but he has a goal a game record so far, the Frenchman is revelling in his role now Shane Long has departed.
Match Facts & Stats
Everyone remembers the 7-4 game a few years back, Benjani got a hat-trick in that one and Kitson also netted for Reading, almost a year to the day however we drew 1-1 with Ciftci netting our goal only for Jimmy Kebe who had given Carl Dickinson twisted blood to equalise with a couple of minutes remaining.
Plonk you effort here.
away to a meeting with Jamo and his Bristol city side