Chelsea v Pompey: The Lowdown
Our chances of winning are slim but we are very lucky to have caught Chel$ki on a bad run. They've been winless in four of their last five games including a 1-1 draw to Wigan. This game comes at a desperate time for Chelsea who are currently struggling to get the right result and find a line up that fits their needs. This could be an advantage for us because it is likely they will start inexperienced youngsters against us expecting an easy win! On the other hand we are at one of our highest points in the season, coming off a 2-0 win against Watford which really could've been more like 5-0 and possibly discovering our permanent striker.
While Mata might be Chel$ki's "star" player at the moment he will likely sit this one out, therefore the Chelsea player to watch is Lampard. He scored Chelsea winning goal against Wolves and looks to get back his form. Futacs seems like he's the man to watch for Pompey after a consistent 2 goals in 2 games.
I did a little research on what Chel$ki fans thought their starting line up might be and I concluded that we could have a chance if we just shut Lampard down, breeze through Hutchinson and whip in high crosses to Futacs on counter attacks.
In my opinion a draw is a great result for us although a win seems out of reach we should still be optimistic of our odds of going through the next round, but that won't stop me from putting a couple of pounds down for a Chel$ki win on Frippy's Virtual Bookies!
Chelsea's possible starting line up (courtesy of my friend, a Chel$ki fan!): Turnbull, Bosingwa, Hutchinson, Luiz, Bertrand, Lampard, Mikel, McEachran, Malouda, Torres, Kalou
Pompey's possible starting line up: Henderson, TBH, Pearce, Rocha, Halford, Mullins, Erik, Norris, Lawrence, Futacs, Kitson
Predicted Scoreline: 1-1 Kalou 21', Futacs 62' (175/1 for that!)
Written by jsander48.
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