Portsmouth vs Shrewsbury Town Preview
Can Pompey keep the good run going?
Pompey take on Shrewsbury tomorrow looking to extend their recent run of good form by taking 13 points from the last 15 available.
Mustapha Dumbuya has returned from international duty with Sierra Leone and should feature in the first XI tomorrow, which means either Lee Williamson or Jon Harley will have to switch to playing at left midfield or be dropped from the side.
Shrews manager Graham Turner can call on the services of Terry Gornell, Sam Winnall and Darren Jones who have recovered from injuries and illness. However, he is likely to pick the same team that defeated Walsall on Sunday.
Given the announcement that the Trust have been favoured over Portpin to buy the club and the good run of form the Pompey team have produced on the pitch, there should be a happy atmosphere and a bigger crowd at Fratton Park tomorrow.
Given that the opposition are yet to win away from home all season, most Portsmouth fans will be confident of a win, so long as Pompey go into half-time with a comfortable lead given the performances in the second half of recent games.
Shrewsbury don't score many goals but make up for this by keeping things tight at the back. That is the polar opposite of Pompey who score (and concede) for fun, so it should be an interesting game tomorrow, it's just a shame I'm going to miss it!
It'll be interesting to see just how Michael Appleton sets out his side after playing Williamson at full back and Harley at right midfield. Dumbuya's return means one of them are likely to be dropped.
Here's hoping the good run of form continues and there is more good news to follow for off-the-pitch matters.
Click here for the League One Lowdown on Shrewsbury Town
Predicted Starting Line-Ups
GK: Mikkel ANDERSEN
RB: Mustapha DUMBUYA
CB: Gabor GYEPES
CB: Lubor MICHALIK
LB: Adam WEBSTER
RM: Lee WILLIAMSON
CM: Brian HOWARD
CM: Johnny ERTL
LM: Akos BUZSAKY
CF: Izale McLEOD
CF: Wes THOMAS
GK: Chris WEALE
RB: Jermaine GRANDISON
CB: Michael HECTOR
CB: Lee COLLINS
LB: Matt RICHARDS
RM: Aaron WILDIG
CM: Luke SUMMERFIELD
CM: Asa HALL
LM: Jon TAYLOR
CF: Marvin MORGAN
CF: Paul PARRY
Last Time: Portsmouth 2 Shrewsbury Town 0 (Division Two - 21/01/1989)
A penalty from Warren Aspinall and a Greame Hogg goal was enough for John Gregory's side to win this game played in front 8,446 people.
Shrewsbury have lost every game they have played at Fratton Park. expect that record to continue tomorrow.
Portsmouth 2 Shrewsbury Town 0
Source: Fratton Faithful
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