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Stevenage vs Portsmouth Preview

22 Oct 2012 19:13:52

Stevenage vs Portsmouth Preview

Pompey face their toughest test yet.

Pompey face a difficult task to keep the recent excellent run of results going with a trip to Broadhall Way tomorrow evening.

Team News

Carl Dickinson is pencilled in to make his second debut for Pompey as Adam Webster is absent on England U-18 duty. Darel Russell is still injured but otherwise Michael Appleton has a full squad to choose from.

Stevenage midfielder Anthony Grant returns after serving his suspension but Patrick Aygemang is unlikely to feature as he is still building his fitness.

The Match

Pompey's good form is going to be put to the test at Stevenage tomorrow. Whilst Boro may play in a stadium that wouldn't look out of place in the conference, they are currently riding high in second place in League One.

This is mainly due to having a misly defence that doesn't give much away but also having the knack to pinch a goal and win tight games. Their 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday has surely confirmed them as promotion contenders.

However, Gary Smith's side will be up against one of the most in-form strike forces in the division. Izale McLeod is now the joint-top scorer in the division with eight goals whilst Wes Thomas is proving to be the perfect foil for him and has also found the net in Pompey's last two games.

The midfield also finally looks to have gelled together and is capable of creating plenty of chances. The only concern is that this team still only look capable of playing for 45 minutes after a poor first half against Shrewsbury on Saturday and the lack of pace at the back is still a concern, something that Dickinson's arrival will not remedy.

Still, I feel that Pompey can get a result at Broadhall Way. Colchester managed it so we should follow suit.

Click here for the League One Lowdown on Stevenage

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Stevenage

GK: Steve ARNOLD

RB: David GRAY

CB: Darius CHARLES

CB: Mark ROBERTS

LB: Bondz N'GALA

RM: Lucas AKINS

CM: James DUNNE

CM: Luke FREEMAN

CM: Greg TANSEY

LM: Filipe MORAIS

CF: Marcus HABER

Pompey

GK: Mikkel ANDERSEN

RB: Mustapha DUMBUYA

CB: Gabor GYEPES

CB: Lubor MICHALIK

LB: Carl DICKINSON

RM: Lee WILLIAMSON

CM: Johnny ERTL

CM: Brian HOWARD

LM: Akos BUZSAKY

CF: Izale McLEOD

CF: Wes THOMAS

Last Time: Stevenage 1 Portsmouth 2 (League Cup First Round - 09/08/2010)

Nadir Ciftci gave Pompey an early lead after he headed in Matt Ritchie's cross but Darren Murphy equalised when his shot was deflected past Jamie Ashdown by Joel Ward.

Michael Brown's diving header restored Portsmouth's lead and Steve Cotterill's men safely navigated the rest of the game with little discomfort.

My Prediction

Stevenage lost their last home game against Colchester and their previous result at Broadhall Way was a 2-2 draw with lowly Bury. On the other hand, their last two wins were at MK Dons and Notts County and so I will plump for a draw.

Stevenage 1 Portsmouth 1

Source: Fratton Faithful


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