Date:Friday December 4 2009
Pompey end another turbulent week with a match at home to a side about successful away, as we are in general.
Pompey like to build up to a game by not playing the players/sacking the manager/changing hands, absolutely brilliant organisation.
Anyone used to read Roy of the Rovers in the '80's? If you did you will be familiar with a team called Durrell's Palace, they were a skint side in a run down stadium trying to make their way, sound familiar?
Pompey tried to beat the survival drum once more after crashing out of the league cup to Villa, the drum is strarting to dull behind the off-field troubles though, it doesn't matter what the manager says, there is always a nice little bit of dirt that can drown it out, most of it Pompey's own doing.
Tomorrow's encounter has been described by Boateng as a 'must win', no doubt he has had a look at the fixtures and noticed that points look thin on the ground for a while, he has also indicated he would like to chip in with 10-12 goals, I reckon if he did he would be top scorer!
What worries me most is a little stat I throw up this time of year, every year. Pompey are awful in December, not just a theory but one that EastneyDave actually did a chart of a couple of years back, we are honestly hopeless in the Christmas month.
Janice Kaboul is on a one match ban, this seems to hint that Vanden Borre may well come in on the right after being one of the few who did himself justice on tuesday, this would see Ben Haim switch to the centre with Wilson. Finnan is also near fitness, but I think we will go for the Belgian's more attacking instincts.
O'Hara and Boateng will step straight back in to the centre of midfield, but will Grant go all out and play 4-3-3? If so, Smith may get a recall in a three pronged attack, Pompey don't tend to keep many clean sheets, so we may as well try and outscore the opposition!
David James is another who make it, but will Grant risk him?
Our starman is up for the battle, and if he wants 12 goals for the season, tomorrow is a fine place to start!
Caldwell is on a ban after his dismissal last week, this enforces the first change in Burnley line up for 8 matches. Bikey looks favourite to drop back into defence with McDonald slipping into his spot.
David Nugent is ineligble for the game, shame, he could never score at Fratton anyway!
The winger is flying at the moment, he scored last week at West Ham and will need to be closely monitored on the day.
The Jam were the band of the moment last time Burnley beat Pompey, we beat them in the league cup last season as well, the goalscorer on the day though will be watching from the stands, and hoping the clarets win!
Can Pompey give us fans some hope? or is tomorrow another nail into a rotting coffin? Hedge a bet here.
Sunderland oop North
Date:Friday December 4 2009
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