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Published : 24 Dec 2011 17:29:15
Can Pompey give Lions the Boxing Day blues?
Michael Appleton's Pompey will go to The Den on Boxing Day looking to extend the unbeaten run to five matches when they take on Millwall.
Liam Lawrence may be unavailable again after he suffered a hamstring injury against Southampton but Luke Varney should be available again.
George Thorne has returned to West Brom, meaning Aaron Mokoena may be set to start his first match for a couple of months.
Jimmy Abdou and Liam Trotter are likely to be fit for this clash along with Nathan Baker who is slightly doubtful for the home side. Jay Simpson will also return having missed the last game against parent club Hull.
Millwall are in a bad run of form, having won only one of the last seven games and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the Championship. Therefore, this should be a good time to play them.
'Appy has said that he will change Pompey's style if it means "winning ugly" to climb up the table. Given that his side have committed the most fouls in the division (250) it is difficult to see how much more ugly his side could be.
And which side has committed the second-most amount of fouls in the division? That would be Millwall! It looks like this game could well be much like last week's derby both on and off the pitch.
There'll be plenty of challenges, little quality on show and both sets of supporters will be giving each other abuse as usual when Pompey and Millwall meet.
As long as Pompey can do what they did last season and nick the three points then I doubt many Pompey fans will care. Here's to giving Kenny Jackett and the Lions fans an extra headache to go with their Boxing Day hangovers.
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
GK: Steve MILDENHALL
RB: Shane LOWRY
CB: Alan DUNNE
CB: Paul ROBINSON
LB: Nathan BAKER
RM: James HENRY
CM: Liam TROTTER
CM: Nadjim ABDOU
LM: Hamer BOUAZZA
CF: Jay SIMPSON
CF: Darius HENDERSON
GK: Stephen HENDERSON
RB: Greg HALFORD
CB: Ricardo ROCHA
CB: Jason PEARCE
LB: Joe MATTOCK
DM: Hayden MULLINS
DM: Aaron MOKOENA
RM: Joel WARD
CM: David NORRIS
LM: Erik HUSEKLEPP
CF: Dave KITSON
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Last Time: Millwall 0 Portsmouth 1 (Championship - 19/10/2010)
Liam Lawrence's late penalty was enough to settle this scrappy affair after Chris Hackett had taken down David Nugent in the box.
Millwall struggle to score goals and Pompey rarely find the net away from home so I can see this being goalless with more bookings than shots on target.
Millwall 0 Portsmouth 0