Portsmouth vs Sheffield United Preview
Fratton Park waves goodbye to League One for now.
Pompey welcome promotion chasing Sheffield United to Fratton Park for the final home fixture of what has been another difficult season.
Ricardo Rocha faces a fitness test ahead of the match but otherwise Guy Whittingham is likely to stick with the same side that fell to the late defeat at Brentford on Saturday after admitting he will not play youngsters despite Pompey's official relegation.
Dave Kitson will return to Fratton Park to play against his former employers for the first time since leaving Portsmouth in the summer. Barry Robson and Jonathan Forte are pushing for recalls to the side but Danny Maguire is banned after a red card against Brentford on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, it seems like the Trust won't officially have bought the club today and so will miss out on what might be Pompey's biggest gate of the season.
The Pompey fans have shown their support for this team despite another relegation and some tough times this season. To be fair, Guy, Andy and the current crop of players deserve some praise for their efforts this season and you have to wonder where our club would be if this lot had been here from the start rather than Michael Appleton and his mercenaries.
Still, it would nice to bow out on a high and not suffer the humiliation of finishing bottom of League One by winning the remaining two games of the season.
This one got more difficult after the inept Danny Wilson was sacked recently and replaced by Chris Morgan for the rest of the campaign. The Blades will be desperate for points to try and finish in the automatic promotion places and have some very good players at this level.
It would be of no surprise to anyone if Kitson scored but Chris Porter also poses a goal threat. Hopefully Rocha will return to the side and keep the defence calm after their captiulation last week.
Whatever happens, this should be a celebration of a better future ahead. Hopefully there'll be a result to go with it.
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
GK: Simon EASTWOOD
RB: Yassin MOUTAOUAKIL
CB: Sam SODJE
CB: Gabor GYEPES
LB: Dan BUTLER
RM: Shaun COOPER
CM: Johnny ERTL
CM: Therry RACON
LM: Jed WALLACE
CF: Patrick AGYEMANG
CF: David CONNOLLY
GK: George LONG
RB: Tony McMAHON
CB: Danny HIGGINBOTHAM
CB: Neill COLLINS
LB: Matt HILL
RM: Ryan FLYNN
CM: Michael DOYLE
CM: Kevin McDONALD
LM: Jamie MURPHY
CF: Dave KITSON
CF: Chris PORTER
Last Time: Portsmouth 1 Sheffield United 0 (Championship - 05/03/2010)
Hermann Hreidarsson bundled in the winner in this instantly forgettable encounter.
United will need the points more but Pompey have turned Fratton Park into a fortress recently and the spoils are likely to be shared.
Portsmouth 1 Sheffield United 1
Source: Fratton Faithful
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