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Will Appy be in charge for the visit of the Bees?
Portsmouth take on Brentford tomorrow night but maywell be without Michael Appleton.
Scott Allan is banned following his red card against Notts County but Carl Dickinson and Mikkel Andersen return after being prevented from playing in the FA Cup by their parent clubs.
Lee Williamson should be available after recovering from a groin strain but Ashley Harris is set to miss out again with an ankle problem.
Bees manager Uwe Rosler is set to bring back a few first team players into his side with goalkeeper Simon Moore, full back Shaleum Logan, midfielder Toumani Diagouraga and striker Jimmy Spencer looking to return to the team after a 2-0 win at Boreham Wood.
With Michael Appleton odds-on favourite for the Blackpool job, there is a possibility that tomorrow's clash with Brentford wiill see a caretaker manager in the home dugout.
Having said that, the Pompey manager has been heavily linked with many jobs in the Championship and hasn't gone yet, and has said before that he wants to see the job through.
However, given the reports circulating around the internet tonight it seems like Appy is going to be announced as the new Tangerines manager.
Whoever is in charge tomorrow, they will have to find some way of lifting the team spirit and inspire some extra effort from them. Three straight defeats, capped by a woeful performance against Notts County on Saturday has dampened the mood amongst Pompey fans once again.
Brentford strike me as a mid-table club that is dogged by inconsistency and therefore is a team we should be looking to take maximum points from.
However, with all the extra upheaval and the consistently poor defending there is no way that three points can be guaranteed. Another worrying issue is that Pompey haven't been much of a goal threat since Wes Thomas returned to Bournemouth.
It should be an interesting day tomorrow, for more than one reason too.
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
GK: Mikkel ANDERSEN
RB: Mustapha DUMBUYA
CB: Gabor GYEPES
CB: Lubomir MICHALIK
LB: Carl DICKINSON
RM: Jon HARLEY
CM: Brian HOWARD
CM: Johnny ERTL
LM: Akos BUZSAKY
CF: Izale McLEOD
CF: Luke RODGERS
GK: Simon MOORE
RB: Kevin O'CONNOR
CB: Tony CRAIG
CB: Jake BIDWELL
LB: Shaleum LOGAN
RM: Leon LEGGE
CM: Tom ADEYEMI
CM: Jonathan DOUGLAS
LM: Harry FORRESTER
CF: Clayton DONALDSON
CF: James SPENCER
Last Time: Portsmouth 1 Brentford 0 (Division One - 23/01/1993)
Warren Aspinall was the scorer of the Pompey goal that was enough to see off Phil Holder's Bees who were relegated at the end of the season.
This game will be completely unpredictable, so who knows what will happen? Recent results suggest another defeat but I think this will be a draw.
Portsmouth 1 Brentford 1
Source: Fratton Faithful
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