Pompey v Thames Ironworks
4 out of 4 isn't bad form, but lets face it 5 out of 5 is great form, the form which Arsenal, Man u and Chelsea can string together, the form we need for a European push.
The top four is a hallowed place in the Premiership. In recent seasons it major players have been similar, normally consisting of Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea and Liverpool.
This year however things are a little different, Chelsea are languishing outside of the big boys so far, Liverpool are a bit indifferent formwise, and Spurs for all their close season talk of tearing into a Champions league spot look more likely for the Championship!
Pompey have slipped quietly into 5th again, a position we became quite accustomed to for the greater part of last season and a spot we would rather like to hang onto.
Talking to a West Ham supporting friend of mine during the week, he admitted a point would be gratefully recieved on Saturday, this is a man who normally can see only claret and blue before him, a man who believes his Hammers were robbed if they lost by 3 goals! This to me is high praise for Pompeys achievements, we are no longr little Pompey, but POMPEY a team who others hope look upto and know they are in for a battle.
Pompey Team News:
1 change is for definite, Sean Davis has hit the magic 5 bookings mark, and so gives way to M.Pedro Mendes, a man with a point to make, such has been the form of Pompeys midfield, Mendes has had to watch from the bench since August, and has even been totally omitted from the squad a couple of times, unthinkable just a few short months ago!
Otherwise its same old, same old, Redknapp has ditched any tinkerman aspirations for a 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' outlook, and who are we to argue?
Player to watch: Mendes
A bit obvious really, Yesterday's hero has been pushed to the edges so far, but he will want to make Davis play the waiting game now, so maybe one of those 30 yard screamers wouldn't go amiss.
Irons Team News:
Ashton is still sidelined, along with half of the Eastend, but lets face it if you sign Kieron Dyer you should know the medical room is going to be busy, lookout for a Hammers offer to re-sign Todorov!
Scott Parker is still out also, as is our old friend Quashie, Bellamy and Cole look like leading the line, with Solano pushing for a starting berth.
Player to watch: Bellamy
The Welsh bloke was on fire at Blackburn 2 years back, but a wasted spell at Liverpool has seen him end up at West Ham.
If the jet-heeled flyer from 2 seasons back turns up, Distin and Campbell could be in for a torrid evening.
Match Facts & Stats
1958 was the year, normally this ws the last time Pompey had an achievement, but no, this was the last time West Ham beat Pompey in the top-flight! Not mant teams have gone that long!
Mike Dean (wirral)
Recent history is stacked on Pompey's side, as is recent form, but you know how these things can bite you on the arse, hedge your bets here.
Blackburn on Wednesday in the cup