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Preston vs Portsmouth Preview

28 Mar 2013 17:23:57

Preston vs Portsmouth Preview

Will it be a "great" Friday for Pompey?

Pompey go to Deepdale tomorrow for a later kick off in hopes of continuing their impressive run of form.

Team News

Simon Grayson will be hoping striker Stuart Beavon is fit to play after he was injured in Preston's last match against Leyton Orient. John Welsh could also miss the match due to an achilles injury.

Guy Whittingham may restore Dan Butler to his side after he was rested on Saturday but Shaun Cooper will want to keep his place following Pompey's latest win over Coventry.

The Match

In honesty, this is a bit of a nothing game for both sides. Preston are in no danger of relegation since Graham Westley was replaced with Simon Grayson. The former Leeds and Huddersfield manager has made his new team compact difficult to beat since his arrival.

Pompey will be relegated at the end of the season but a win at Deepdale will see that tiny piece of hope of avoiding a points deduction for certain next season grow, especially if Oldham and Colchester lose.

This will be a tough match but Pompey's form has been the best it has been all season and so the travelling fans will be confident of a result. Patrick Agyemang has played a big part in Pompey's revival and is sure to be key to getting a result against his former club.

I'd expect Dan Butler to return to the side after being rested on Saturday. Shaun Cooper didn't do well enough to suggest that he should keep his place in the side over the coveted starlet.

Otherwise the same team should be able to perform well and get a result. It's just a shame it probably won't mean as much as it could do.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Preston

GK: Declan RUDD

RB: Keith KEANE

CB: Paul HUNTINGDON

CB: Bailey WRIGHT

LB: David BUCHANAN

RM: Lee HOLMES

CM: John MOUSINHO

CM: Nicky WROE

LM: Will HAYHURST

AM: Jack KING

CF: Joe GARNER

Pompey

GK: Simon EASTWOOD

RB: Yassin MOUTAOUAKIL

CB: Gabor GYEPES

CB: Ricardo ROCHA

LB: Dan BUTLER

RM: Liam WALKER

CM: Therry RACON

CM: Johnny ERTL

LM: Jed WALLACE

CF: Patrick AGYEMANG

CF: David CONNOLLY

Last Time: Preston North End 1 Portsmouth 0 (Championship - 21/08/2010)

Paul Hayes tapped in the only goal of this instantly forgettable game where David Nugent made no headlines on his return to Deepdale and Jamie Ashdown kept the score respectable.

My Prediction

Preston are very difficult to break down and so I have a feeling that this might be a bore draw.

Preston North End 0 Portsmouth 0

Source: Fratton Faithful


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