Date:Friday August 6 2010
All the legal stuff has been shelved for now, the lawyers can slip back into the background and Pompey can concentrate on something else, something that has played second fiddle for far too long, football.
As has been the way for almost a year now, all quotes have been about money and tax evasion etc. But Pompey are back in a division we are more than familiar with, and back with a squad that is not too bad on the surface but paper thin if you scratch the top.
Coventry are now managed by none other than Aidy boothroyd, he won a few fans at Watford in their short-lived Premiership adventure and is a fine young manager.
Gunarsson is the big worry for Watford, he faces a late test to make the game, while recent recruit Steven O'Halloran definitely misses out.
Boothroyd has a been a busy man close season, Roy Donovan, Lee Carsley, Gary McSheffrey, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Richard Keogh and Clive Platt have all been recruited and await debuts.
He was a crowd favourite at City before joining Birmingham, goals flowed freely before he left for the golden lights and he will be hoping to step into his old Sky Blue form.
Pompey give a second debut to Jamie Ashdown, weeks after he was released he returns to grab the No 1 jersey after waiting so long in the shadows.
Aaron Mokoena has returned from Africa, and by all accounts sounds in good condition.
Sonko should partner him defence, paving the way for Wilson to pull the strings in midfield. Left-back may prove a problem for Pompey with Jordan making an 11th hour U-turn, Matt Ritchie may well fill in after impressing there against Fulham.
David Nugent will get a chance to become a 'flat-track bully' once more, last time he played in the Championship he was good enough for England! John Utaka may partner him after proposed transfer deals failed to arrive, Kanu is till in contract limbo unless a quick resolve has missed us, while Boateng is also a blue still, he however is making waves off the pitch at the moment and will probably only make the bench at best.
He is a big fish in a little pond once more, if he wants a Premiership chance once more he needs to do the business lower down again.
We met of course twice last season, Mokoena saw us home at the on-set of a cup run to the final, whilst the last time we met in the league was our glorious promotion season with a 4-0 thumping at the Ricoh.
Back to prediction times again! Will Pompey's 'win' in the court spur them onto 3 points or will the disappointment of last term hang over us? Place your bet here.
Stevenage in deepest Hertfordshire.
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