Birmingham vs Pompey Preview

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 20 January 2006
Here we go then.. tommorow is what I dub "Most Important Game of the Season #3" after we were victorious in #1 (Sunderland away) and #2 (West Brom at home) this is a game where all the "must win" or "must not lose" cliches come in. Whilst victory is not essential (although very handy) I do believe that we cannot lose this game. Think about it. If we lost then we would get jumped by Birmingham who also have a game in hand on us and we could very well see ourselves fall a massive eight points behind the team in 17th. For the record Middlesbrough host an injury ravaged Wigan side and West Brom are at home to Sunderland so results are likely to go against us therefore even a draw could still leave us 7 points behind, although it would practically spell Birmingham's doom.

So how are we going to go about this game? You probably don't remember last seasons encounter and if you do you probably won't want to as it was the most boring, drab affair I had seen the whole of our season even if we did get what we came for. Both teams should know that a draw isn't going to be much use this season however and will probably go all out for the win so it might be the complete opposite of last seasons encounter which will be great for neutrals but for our fans and Birmingham fans too we're likely to be bricking it. And if you aren't bricking it yet here's a couple of stats to make you worry: We have the worst away defence in the Premiership and we've failed to score more than one goal against a Premiership side (Sunderland aren't really a Premiership side are they?) so we've definately got our work cut out however we have a knack of winning when it counts in this league. Southampton at home and Leeds away two seasons ago, Charlton and Southampton at home last season. It counts more than anything tommorow!

As for the team news Lomana Lua Lua will be playing against Togo tommorow (and Fratton Faithful will be keeping progress of the DR Congo Captain) so that leaves a vacancy up front that is likely to be filled by Emanuel Olisadebe. Benjani will have another chance to make an impact on our season as well as our bank account before he jets off to link up with Zimbabwe. Dejan Stefanovic will return and I'm guessing O'Brien will be dropped in favour of Pamarot. Matty Taylor is also in the squad and should play also but I'm hoping Richard Hughes isn't left to play on the left again. Former Pompey target Chris Sutton will be lining up against us and you just get that feeling he'll grab a goal against us just so Harry regrets not signing him even more...

It's going to be extremely tense tommorow I'm sure but we have to "keep the faith" and get behind the team 100%. Play Up Pompey!

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