Cambridge vs Portsmouth Preview

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 09 October 2015

Pompey look to get back to winning ways when they visit Cambridge's Abbey Stadium tomorrow.

Team News

Jayden Stockley is Pompey's latest injury casualty after he returned to parent club Bournemouth during the week to treat his ankle injury sustained during the goalless draw with Yeovil. Brian Murphy may return to the squad but Aaron McCarey will start in goal again.

Goalkeeper Chris Dunn will miss out on tomorrow's match with a groin strain with full back Elliot Omozusi also missing thanks to a tight hamstring.

The Match

It almost sounds perverse to be looking forward to an away match when supporting Pompey but after two disappointing results at Fratton Park tomorrow's trip to Cambridge represents a good chance to return to winning ways.

Richard Money's men were tipped to challenge for promotion at the start of the season but so far they have been very disappointing, losing at home 3-0 to Crawley and 3-1 to Luton at the Abbey earlier this season.

Cambridge are not a team that like to "park the bus" and should at least try and play football against Pompey, which may well play into Paul Cook's hands. Having said that, the attacking players will need to sharpen up after so many poor deliveries against Yeovil last weekend and so the Pompey manager may well make changes with Conor Chaplin and Kal Naismith both ready to come into the side.

However, this match may well come down to which striker has the better day against opposition they love to play against.

Matt Tubbs has a ridiculously good scoring record against the U's having scored nine goals in eight games against them, including a hat-trick in the 6-2 mauling of Cambridge last time out. He is likely to start tomorrow's match given the absence of Jayden Stockley and Adam McGurk but can he make an impact in the 4-2-3-1 formation.

On the other hand, Barry Corr snubbed Pompey for Cambridge in the summer and has been a constant thorn in our side for Southend in the previous two seasons. It'll be interesting to see how Pompey's new defence copes with him.

Overall, Cambridge cannot defend very well and in a more open game you would back Portsmouth to come away with all three points so long as Tubbs gets the service he requires and the midfield does its job properly.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Cambridge

GK: Sam BEASANT

RB: George TAFT

CB: Mark ROBERTS

CB: Leon LEGG

LB: Greg TAYLOR

RM: Ryan DONALDSON

CM: Jeff HUGHES

CM: Mickey DEMETRIOU

CM: Liam HUGHES

LM: Harrison DUNK

CF: Barry CORR

Pompey

GK: Aaron McCAREY

RB: Ben DAVIES

CB: Christian BURGESS

CB: Matt CLARKE

LB: Enda STEVENS

DM: Michael DOYLE

DM: Adam BARTON

RM: Gary ROBERTS

AM: Conor CHAPLIN

LM: Kyle BENNETT

CF: Matt TUBBS

Last Time: Cambridge United 2 Portsmouth 6 (League Two - 21/02/2015)

A truly memorable match for any Pompey fan lucky to witness it. The rout began after just two minutes when Jed Wallace scored only for Nathaniel Mendez-Laing to equalise. Two goals from Matt Tubbs either side of a Paul Robinson strike saw Andy Awford's men lead 4-1 at half-time.

Robbie Simpson pulled one back as the hosts had a spell of possession but some comical defending allowed Ryan Taylor to score a fifth and then Tubbs completed his hat-trick by tapping in a sixth goal to complete a remarkable performance from a side that had only scored six league goals away from home prior to that thrashing.

My Prediction

If Cambridge are as poor as some of their fans say they are then we should be looking to take all three points here.

Cambridge United 1 Portsmouth 2

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Tue 17th October 19:45

Doncaster Rovers 2 - 1 Portsmouth

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