With just 8 games remaining, Pompey have a 6 point gulf to safety, and that all important game in hand comes in the shape of play-off chasing Hull City. Initially intended on being a game where the fans ‘Pack the Park’, circumstances have somewhat changed since this fixture was due to been played originally at the start of February.
Both teams need the points desperately, with a Hull victory placing them back in the top 6, whereas anything less than a win for the Blues could spell the end of any realistic hope of survival.
Pompey Team News:
Appy has no injury or suspension problems stopping him from fielding the same team for the 4th game in a row, but with fatigue a major issue as Pompey look to play their 4th game in 10 days he may look to liven the team up by bringing in some reinforcements.
Player to watch: Kelvin Etuhu
After his cameo at Fratton Park last week he would have been disappointed he didn’t start against Coventry, however Appy may consider a more attacking approach at home in a game we need to win, and should the young Nigerian start he will be eager to prove his worth.
Hull Team News:
Nick Barmby will have no new injury concerns going into this match, once again Robert Koren will sit out this game after suffering a hamstring injury last Wednesday, with Cameron Stewart and Corry Evans waiting to cover.
Player to watch: Matty Fryatt
Matty Fryatt netted his 11th league goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Leicester, and will be looking to expand on that at every opportunity. The 26 year old has broken records galore in his relatively short career, and was on the scoresheet as the Tigers beat Pompey at Fratton last season.
Match Facts & Stats
Hull come into this game on the back of two straight defeats, having gone 11 unbeaten prior to that. Pompey are on the ropes after picking up just 6 points from the last 33 on offer. Head-to-Head Hull have won the last 2 clashes between the two sides, however prior to that they hadn’t bettered the blues in their last 11 attempts, dating back to 1988.
Hull will be very hard to break down and with our scoring record it’s hard to predict a win, but an early goal could change everything. A slight deflection, a keeping howler, a dog coming onto the pitch and scoring, anything! My heart and my head are at loggerheads again, but I’m gonna predict at 3-1 win for the Blues with two of the goals coming in the last 10 minutes.
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