Date:Saturday April 10 2010
Pompey may have taken our inevitable drop to the lower tiers of football, but that was hardly unforseen was it?
Next up is satrip to Wembley, and one that is more unexpected than when were a Premiership force.
Tomorrow will be the highlight of our season, that is unless we return in 5 weeks time of course, but in a season of valleys and troughs, a day out at the home of football will be embraced by all those who see through blue tinted goggles.
If we overcome the manager and players who once wore our own Royal blue, Chelsea will await in the season show piece, so a club that is the equivalent of Orphan Annie, has to first overcome 2 sets of Daddy Warbucks to once again hold up the silverware.
30 odd thousand fans will again head North to the footballing mecca, tomorrow is all about the football rather than finance and woe.
The Fa cup has proven to be an elixir in the Pompey treatment room, KPB who was out tfor the season has made a miraculous recovery, while our two Algerians have shown all the recovery powers of a phoenix to also be available. Tommy Smith has recovered from a broken beak and will also be able to feature.
Out though will be Jamie O'Hara, he cannot figure due to loan conditions, he will have to console himself with a place in the final no doubt.
Vanden Borre also blew his chances of a Wembley appearance after his sending off last week, Finnan is fit to start however.
From our succesful campaign of 2008, only James, Utaka, Diop and Kanu look likely or able to figure, the rest have either signed for Spurs or are injured!
Dindane may get a swansong appearance, his loan conditions will see him have to be permanent if he plays any more, that will not happen.
He may well not start, but will figure at some stage, if one Pompey player has the pedigree, it is the King.
Spurs have almost a full squad to choose from, Defoe and Crouch and Pavlyuchenko will vy for two spots up front, while King should return to marshall the defence, poor old Younes is cup-tied after playing for Pompey earlier. Kranjcar will no doubt start alongside compatriot Modric.
Corluka and Dawson have an outside chance of making it.
Not a pompey favourite after basically throwing in the towel for Pompey while still at the club, but he is a real goal threat.
Spurs fans will tell you that every time they have beaten Pompey in the cup they have gone on to win it, that is twice, in 1991 and 1967, Pompey of course have only met them the twice!
Field Marshall Montgomery
A meaningless Premiership fixture against someone or other
Date:Saturday April 10 2010
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