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Portsmouth Preview

Tonight sees Michael Appleton bring his cash-strapped Portsmouth side to St Andrews in the day’s only Championship fixture. Portsmouth will be fresh as their game against Hull City was called off at the weekend whilst Blues will be playing the 41st game of their campaign.

Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth come into this game on the back of some indifferent form; their win last time out against Peterborough away was only their second league away win of the season and in the last six league games Pompey have picked up seven points. However, they have a heavy financial cloud laying over them with their players not being paid in January and facing a winding up petition in the courts on the 20th February. That being said, Michael Appleton has praised his charges for the way they have carried on regardless despite that which is going on around them.

Luke Varney (knee), David Norris (hernia) and Aaron Mokoena (hamstring) are all expected to miss out, but Ricardo Rocha and Dave Kitson are expected to return after illness.

Birmingham City

Having played Pompey’s south coast neighbours Southampton on Saturday, Chris Hughton must be wondering if he needs to juggle his side somewhat. Nikola Zigic faces a late fitness test so Blues may well continue with King and Rooney up front and it’s possible Nathan Redmond could come in on the left hand side to provide a bit more balance to the team.

Otherwise I don’t expect to see many changes to the team that drew with the Saints – mainly as we don’t have many players to bring in – but also because the team are pretty much settled and despite there being two games a week for a short while I suspect whilst Blues keep winning the team will be able to handle it.

I think this is another game Birmingham really should be looking to win; Pompey aren’t great away from home and they have a smaller squad than Blues. It’s the last of the remaining games in hand from the Europa League, and it will see us catch up games-wise with our competitors around us (at least until the weekend when we once again get one in hand due to our continued cup run). I’m going to be positive and predict a 2-1 win.

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6 Responses to “Portsmouth Preview”

  • Andy says:

    If I was Hughton I would probably start with Redmond on the left, Elliot behind King, and Fahey and N’Daw in the middle.

    It might seem negative to only go with one up front but it will give us a bit more flexibility to change things about in the second half if needs be.

  • DoctorD says:

    I come out in a cold sweat when you start predicting victories, almajir. Best to lower one’s expectations and then your hopes aren’t dashed. What was that expression? It’s the despair I can take; it’s the hope I can’t stand.

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Pay up Pompey, Pompey pay up. I think we should mock Portsmouth with this chant. I’d be disappointed with anything other than a win today.

  • FrankieH says:

    Wow Jazzy never heard that one before! *head in hands*

  • BluePenguin 76 says:

    I’m going for a tight 1-0 win for the Blues. I’m pretty much a glass is empty kinda guy but I cant see
    Blues not getting a win tonight (I hope that isnt the kiss of death).

    Pompey do have a few decent players but we should prove too strong at home. 3rd place by tommorrow im thinking. I hope CH gives Redmond a start on the wing aswell.

    Come on the Blue Boys!!!!

  • Chris Quinn says:

    3-0 win for Blues today. Pompey been playing well on the road recently (including a 0-3 win at Peterborough), but our home record is truly stunning.

    N’Daw will miss out, IMO. It’s difficult to play four AFCON games, jump on a flight home and then play ninety minutes in the snow.

    I expect Redmond to replace him and Mutch to come back to centre-mid.

    Zigic likely to iss out so would like to see Rooney and King start and really have a go at Pompey.

    Also, don’t taunt them. We’re hardly the richest club around and we don’t want to go tempting fate now, do we?

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