• Sky Bet Championship
  • Date: Sat 18 December 2010
  • Kick-off: 15:00
  • Venue: Fratton Park

Portsmouth vs Scunthorpe United


Form Guide - Sky Bet Championship

Portsmouth

Scunthorpe United

Head to Head
Portsmouth
3-4
Scunthorpe 01-Feb-1964
Scunthorpe
1-1
Portsmouth 21-Sep-1963
Portsmouth
1-2
Scunthorpe 09-Mar-1963
Scunthorpe
1-2
Portsmouth 19-Oct-1962
Portsmouth
2-2
Scunthorpe 15-Apr-1961
Scunthorpe
5-1
Portsmouth 12-Nov-1960



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Selection woe for Pompey

Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill finds his selection plans disrupted further ahead of the meeting with Scunthorpe.

On-loan Wolves defender Greg Halford is suspended while one or both of Richard Hughes and Michael Brown are set to be left out due to contract issues.

The midfield duo can make just one more appearance each before they trigger automatic extensions to their current deals, which cash-strapped Pompey say they cannot afford, so Cotterill with have juggle his already thin resources.

But left-back Carl Dickinson has completed a three-match ban and is set to come back into the side in place of Halford, who serves a one-game suspension for collecting five bookings.

Striker Danny Webber is still on the sidelines recovering from a cruciate injury.

Scunthorpe boss Ian Baraclough has no fresh injury concerns.

The defensive trio of David Mirfin (foot), Niall Canavan (knee) and Michael Raynes (thigh) will definitely miss out as they continue their recovery from injury.

However, midfielder Michael Collins is available again after a shoulder injury as the Iron seek to end a dismal run of five successive npower Championship defeats.

Baraclough has called for unity ahead of the Fratton Park clash and said: "It's important that we stick together as a club, as a squad, as fans and as a community. I've been trying to instill that into everybody."

Meanwhile, Leicester winger Dany N'Guessan this week left Glanford Park at the end of his month's loan period.



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