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29 Aug 2013 23:44:04

Portsmouth vs Chesterfield Preview

Pompey go toe-to-toe with one of League Two's heavyweights.

Pompey will face a serious test of their promotion credentials when Chesterfield come to Fratton Park on Saturday.

Team News

Marcos Painter is out after hobbling off at Mansfield and will either be replaced with Dan Butler or Danny East at left back. Johnny Ertl may well be brought back into the starting line up and Bondz N'Gala may keep his place in the team after extending his contract til January.

Spireites boss Paul Cook may be tempted to bring back captain Ian Evatt into his team but is likely to stick with the same side that beat Southend thanks to a last minute stoppage time goal last weekend.

The Match

The bookies may have had Portsmouth as favourites to win League Two but in the minds of many, Chesterfield are the true favourites to be the champions come May and their start to the season has justified that.

Unbeaten in the league with three wins and a draw, the Spireites should be the toughest test yet for Guy Whittingham's men.

They play a fast-paced pressing game which is a stark contrast to Mansfield's hoof ball last weekend. Paul Cook may also have the best player in the division playing for his team. Gary Roberts has been very impressive since signing from Swindon and will be the one for Pompey fans to watch.

For all of Pompey's defensive frailties, they have still shown plenty of guile going forward and should pose Chesterfield some problems at the back. Hopefully we'll get to see Ricky Holmes for more than just a few minutes so we can see what he can really do. Expect Andy Barcham and David Connolly to be heavily involved again, too.

There should be plenty of goals in this game. What are the odds on another 2-2 draw?

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Pompey

GK: Phil SMITH

RB: Yassin MOUTAOUAKIL

CB: Sonny BRADLEY

CB: Joe DEVERA

LB: Danny EAST

RM: Jed WALLACE

CM: Simon FERRY

CM: Romain PADOVANI

LM: Andy BARCHAM

CF: Patrick AGYEMANG

CF: David CONNOLLY

Chesterfield

GK: Tommy LEE

RB: Drew TALBOT

CB: Sam HIRD

CB: Liam COOPER

LB: Nathan SMITH

RM: Jay O'SHEA

CM: Sam MORSY

CM: Jimmy RYAN

CM: Gary ROBERTS

LM: Ritchie HUMPHREYS

CF: Marc RICHARDS

Last Time: Portsmouth 4 Chesterfield 0 (Division Three - 23/04/1983)

Two goals from Kevin Dillon and one each from Alan Rogers and Alan Biley saw off the sorry Spireites and began a late run of form in the league that saw Pompey crowned champions of Division Three with 91 points. Chesterfield finished bottom and were relegated with a measly 37 points.

My Prediction

Our full backs will probably struggle and Smith may well make another costly error but I still fancy our forward players to cause plenty of problems. Should be an entertaining game but it's too close to call.

Portsmouth 2 Chesterfield 2

Source: Fratton Faithful


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