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Portsmouth vs Notts County Preview

02 Nov 2012 11:39:01

Portsmouth vs Notts County Preview

Are Pompey up for the cup?

Four years ago, Portsmouth were the FA Cup winners. Now, they participate in the first round of the the competition for the first time since 1982.

Team News

Mikkel Andersen is ruled out parent club Reading do not want him to become cup-tied, and the same is almost certain for West Brom and Watford loanees Scott Allan and Carl Dickinson respectively.

To add injury to insult, Ashley Harris is struggling with an ankle problem so Michael Appleton is likely to only have 15 players available to him tomorrow. The good news is that Brian Howard returns from suspension.

Keith Curle may well rest one or two of his key players with his side having an important game at Colchester on Tuesday.

The Match

Like many, I was disappointed when Notts County were pulled out of the hat after Portsmouth were. They're a decent team who have already hammered us earlier in the season and there is no "magic" about this tie at all, especially when so many obscure non-league sides were in the bag.

On the bright side, there's no chance of an embarrassing cup exit at the hands of the likes of Braintree or the Met Police, and at least we're at home with the admission prices slashed.

It's difficult to see us winning this one, especially as Michael Appleton has all but admitted that he doesn't care about the competition as his main focus is to keep Pompey in League One.

The task will be made even more difficult as Simon Eastwood has not been very impressive in his rare outings for the Blues, whilst there will be other problems when it comes to squad selection.

The only motivation here is that if Pompey can get through to the third round then there is the opportunity of a plum tie to boost the finances.

It should be a good game, with both teams looking to attack and neither wanting a replay. Hopefully Pompey can outscore County tomorrow and book a place in the second round.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Pompey

GK: Simon EASTWOOD

RB: Mustapha DUMBUYA

CB: Gabor GYEPES

CB: Lubomir MICHALIK

LB: Jon HARLEY

RM: Lee WILLIAMSON

CM: Johnny ERTL

CM: Brian HOWARD

LM: Akos BUZSAKY

CF: Luke RODGERS

CF: Izale McLEOD

Notts County

GK: Bartosz BIALKOWSKI

RB: Julian KELLY

CB: Gary LIDDLE

CB: Dean LEACOCK

LB: Carl REGAN

RM: Jamal CAMPBELL-RYCE

CM: Alan JUDGE

CM: Neal BISHOP

CM: Joss LABADIE

LM: Francois ZOKO

CF: Yoann ARQUIN

Last Time: Portsmouth 2 Notts County 1 (Division One - 13/08/1994)

The opening day of the 1994/1995 season saw Jim Smith's team get off to a winning start thanks to goals from Daryl Powell and Kit Symons.

My Prediction

County are a good team and we have some players missing. At home, we should still be good enough to get a draw and an unwanted replay at Meadow Lane.

Portsmouth 2 Notts County 2

Source: Fratton Faithful


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