A replay of the called of fixture in January. Our last game in hand. This is our chance to improve the terrible away record of 1 win all season. We beat pompey 6-0 early on this season with great ability and flair, but this was Pompey under Harry Rednapp. The recent sacking of Tony Adams means Portsmouth will be headed by Paul Hart the father of ex-city player Johnny Hart in the 50's and 60's. Brian Kidd the ex united assistant has also joined Harts team. They will be hoping for some of that new manager luck, which statistically would of come to Adams anyway.
This is the most important time of Hughes City career, the closing end of the season is as the cliche ridden Andy Gray would say 'the business end'! He has to get them team finishing strongly and improve on 1 away win all season.
With the recent exposure of Elano class Vs the world champion the other night, confirming it to be pretty difficult to leave him on the bench as Hughes has been doing. Despite him being involved with most of our league wins this season. With SWP suspended unfairly for three games, it will give Hughes a chance to either utilise Elano or Bellamy on the right. Possibly use Caicedo upfront.
The Fink Tank Predictor suggest on the form alone we only have a 30.8% of winning which is understandable. Portsmouth statistically being favourites at home, despite their own poor form, City's woeful away record obviously reduces our chances. I am sticking to my guns and will continue to believe we will go on to win as it has to come eventually.