Pompey v Man U
The end of another tumultuous week at Fratton will end with the visit of last seasons Champions, the preperations could of been better, but then again, this is Pompey.
As Paul Hart departed and Avram Grant stepped in, I couldn't help but notice one of the red tops had a final dig at Pompey, can't remember its name, but it used to have quite a good football cartoon in it, anyway, the journalist in question said 'the last person with any integrity and decency has been kicked out of Fratton park, Pompey have now lost the sympathy vote and I hop they go down'
Nice sentiments, but I hardly remember the sympathy vote coming from any newspaper this season!
Avram has banged the drum about keeping us up, he reckons he will have funds come January, something his predecessor never had, but he also said the current squad is good enough to stay up.
Well United is a good as place as any to start then!!
Pompey Team News:
David James is set for another spell on the sidelines, but Begovic has been recalled from his loan spell at Ipswich, he will get another chance to show he should be his long term replacement, and if last seasons performances are anything to go by, we are in safe hands.
Steve Finnan is near full fitness once more, while Yebda and Belhadj should be over the knocks that kept them out last week.
Another returning to fitnees is Diop, he is a prescence in midfield, but United is probably here too soon. Likewise Utaka, he has been out for a month with a thigh injury, but he will give another option up front.
Piquionne may well replace Kanu, but we will have to wait and see what our new general has in mind.
Player to watch: Begovic
Big boots to fill, and will certainly get his hands warmed tomorrow.
United Team News:
Man U have some injury problems themselves, Evans and O'Shea are both struggling, while Ferdinand is out until next year.
Berbatov is also back to full fitness after 4 weeks out, but my money is on Owen and Rooney to start.
Player to watch: Rooney
Both Utd's and Englands best player, he will need to be frustrated for us to get a result.
Match Facts & Stats
Our form at Fratton is not too bad against the mancs, 3 wins in 6 seasons, before us Utd never enjoyed the South coast at all, another departed team from up the road enjoyed some success as well.
Sir Horace Gentleman
Can Avram get the lucky first win? Or is it normal service resumes and defeat? Plonk a bet here.
Villa in the cup, then Burnley, both at home.