Hull vs Portsmouth Preview

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 22 October 2010
Pompey travel to the KC Stadium in excellent form to face a Hull City side that haven't won in four games and currently lie below the Blues in the table.

Team News

Ricardo Rocha is likely to be out for three weeks with a hamstring problem so the returning Aaron Mokoena will replace him. Ibrahima Sonko is likely to keep his place at centre back as Hermann Hreidarsson will probably be on the bench.

James Harper should make his debut for Nigel Pearson's men after overcoming his injury problems but Jimmy Bullard is unlikely to be fit for the match. Craig Fagan has a groin problem and should also be absent.

The Match

Hull are in a similar situation to us both on and off the pitch given their current financial problems and struggles to adapt to life in the Championship.

The Tigers have been battling threats of administration and a decision was supposed to be made today about a possible Egyptian takeover bid. Issues on the pitch aren't too great either as Nigel Pearson's men have only recorded three wins this season and currently lie 19th in the Championship.

Despite the problems, a tough game is expected as Hull were unbeaten at home since April until last Tuesday when Sheffield United came away from the KC Stadium with a 1-0 win.

However, confidence in the Pompey camp couldn't be any higher after our first away win of the season at Millwall continued an unbeaten run consisting of four wins and a draw.

Without Rocha though, I worry about our defending despite the clean sheet on Tuesday. I'm not convinced that Mokoena and Sonko will make a good partnership and I'd be tempted to start Hermann in the centre alongside The Axe.

On the other hand, we certainly have enough going forward to score a couple of goals and so I'm not expecting a dull goalless draw like the last two Hull-Pompey matches at the KC Stadium.

Not that I wouldn't take a 0-0 draw as I think Hull are in a false position. They have some good players in Kilbane, Solano and Koren and a very good manager in Pearson.

Let's just hope their turnaround doesn't begin tomorrow.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Hull

GK: Matt DUKE

RB: Anthony GERRARD
CB: Andy DAWSON
CB: Paul McSHANE
LB: Daniel AYALA

RM: Kevin KILBANE
CM: Robert KOREN
CM: James HARPER
LM: Richard GARCIA

CF: Caleb FOLAN
CF: Mark CULLEN

Pompey

GK: Jamie ASHDOWN

RB: Greg HALFORD
CB: Ibrahima SONKO
CB: Aaron MOKOENA
LB: Carl DICKINSON

RM: Liam LAWRENCE
CM: Hayden MULLINS
CM: Michael BROWN
LM: John UTAKA

CF: David NUGENT
CF: Dave KITSON

Last Time: Hull City 0 Portsmouth 0 (Premier League - 24/10/2009)

Almost a year ago to the day Pompey travelled to Hull for a match that absolutely nobody will remember. Paul Hart's men were slightly the better side but this was as drab as top flight matches could possibly be and proved to be a great indication that both teams would be relegated come the end of the season.

My Prediction

Hull are a better side than their league position suggests but this resurgent Pompey team should be able to go to the Tigers' lair and take a point.

Hull City 1 Portsmouth 1

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