The challenge for Europe is hotting up, Spurs moved back into seventh, Everton lost to West Ham and Reading also won, can Pompey step it up again?
Until November Pompey and Villa were neck and neck, both were unlikely lodgers in the top six, and both teams were in fine form. Since then however, while Pompey have managed to hang on to the coat-tails of the European chasers, Villa have had a barren run and have only recently just about cleared the magic 40 point safety mark.
Aston Villa Team News:
Gavin McCann is available again after suspension, John Carew returns from a knock, and Patrik Berger will hoping to hang on to his place against his old club after some recent impressive displays.
Player to watch: Berger
When he was at Fratton always played a blinder against Liverpool and looked likely to score, hope it doesn’t go the same for Pompey as on his day the Czech is dynamite.
Pompey Team News:
Benjani should start up front with Kanu after Harry admitted thet are his preferred front two, Johnson is fit again, but will probably have to make do with a spot on the bench.
Player to watch: Benjani
In prolific form with one in his last appearance, can he squeeze out another that his hard running deserves?
Match Facts & Stats
Pompey always play bloody awfully at Villa Park, some of our worst displays in the Premiership have come in that part of the Midlands, a change in fortune with seventh spot within reach wouldn’t go amiss.
Martin Atkinson, only other appearance in a Pompey game this season was our last away win at West Ham
If recent years are to go by, a stuffing for Pompey, but against Newcastle last week we saw more of the early season Pompey, so may the sunshine football prevail along with the weather.
Liverpool at home
Best leave the valuables at home