Pompey v Bristol City
Pompey enter 2009 in the comfortable surroundings of the FA Cup, as holders Pompey will be considered a giantkilling if we lose, and that is what is on Gary Johnsons agenda.
Pompey ended 2008 a year in which we hit new heights on a very flat note, Diarra left after being our top performer all year, Defoe has thrown his toys out the pram in hope of a move, and HR left the club in search of bigger things (his words)
Tony Adams will get the chance to name his first FA cup squad with one hand firmly tied behind his back, injury to midfield has left us decimated, and Defoe has an 'illness'.
I'm really starting to feel for big Tony, not matter which way he turns he takes another kick in the balls for the pains of being Pompey manager.
Pompey Team News:
Pompey may be tempted to give a start to Martin Crainie at right-back, he has returned after another loan spell and gives competition to a spot where Glen Johnson is still absent.
This in turn may give Marc Wilson a chance in midfield, he is an option in a place where we are desperately short of numbers, Sean Davis will start, but Mvuemba is the only other option after Diop and Hughes both limped out last Sunday.
Traore may start again with he and Belhadj looking to rediscover their dynamic duo partnership, and Crouch may just get Nugent upfront for company.
Player to watch: James
Jamo is having his first real sticky patch for Pompey, his decision making has been awry all season, but now he has started to drop and flap at regulation crosses, hopefully Mr.Coles has worked his magic on the training ground.
Bristol City Team News:
Dele Adebola has returned to the squad after a dead leg, and may partner on-loan Stern John who has extended his stay until the end of the season. Maynard has been in rich form though and may keep Adebola on the bench.
A certain Mr.Elliott will be in midfield, he has alledgedly caught Pompeys eye, and if so will be out to shine.
Player to watch: Elliott
Got to be Marvin Elliott really, the ex-Millwall man is supposedly on Pompeys hit list, where better to prove he is up to it than at Fratton park?
Match Facts & Stats
Pompey have played Bristol twice in the FA cup, and we are yet to come out on top, losing both games after replays.
Pompey have a lot to prove to the fans right now, ineptitude in the last two home games hasn't sat well with the Pompey faithful, and hopefully the lure of hoilding onto our first pot in years will be enough to lift them.
Man City at home