Portsmouth vs Crewe Preview

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 12 October 2012

Pompey go into tomorrow's match with Crewe Alexandra on the back of a three game unbeaten run in League One but also an embarrassing defeat at home to Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Team News

Mustapha Dumbuya is away on international duty with Sierra Leone whilst Lubor Michalik is rated "50/50" because of aggrevating an ankle knock he picked up. Josh Thompson could return to the bench.

Steve Davis is likely to pick an unchanged side from the team that beat Hartlepool on Saturday but Byron Moore and Abdul Osman are fit again and vying for a start.

The Match

Before Tuesday night I, and I suspect many other Pompey fans were confident of a victory tomorrow against Crewe. However, after the Wycombe debacle that now seems to be in doubt.

The defence on Tuesday night was so slow and cumbersome that Alex may well fancy their chances if they have some pace in their side. Even if they don't, they are bound to create plenty of chances.

It'll be interesting to see how Michael Appleton plays this one in terms of his team selection. He has hinted that Akos Buzsaky will start but if that's the case then where?

Playing him alongside Howard in the middle would be asking for trouble given how lightweight the midfield would be without Johnny Ertl there to shore things up. Whilst playing the Hungarian on the flank would surely lessen his impact?

Unless Appy decides to play five midfielders and just the one up front? Izale McLeod has been in rich scoring form recently and has gone some way to silencing his critics, but it's doubtful he'd make a good lone frontman.

Personally, I have absolutely no idea what to expect tomorrow. Most of the side that lost to Wycombe should play and so that might have halted the recent momentum after a good run of a results.

This should be an intriguing encounter with plenty of goals.

Click here for an interview with Alex fan Jack Jones.

Click here for the League One Lowdown on Crewe.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Pompey

GK: Mikkel ANDERSEN

RB: Adam WEBSTER

CB: Lubor MICHALIK

CB: Gabor GYEPES

LB: Jon HARLEY

RM: Lee WILLIAMSON

CM: Johnny ERTL

CM: Brian HOWARD

LM: Akos BUZSAKY

CF: Wes THOMAS

CF: Izale McLEOD

Crewe

GK: Alan MARTIN

RB: Kelvin MELLOR

CB: Mark ELLIS

CB: Harry DAVIS

LB: Mark TOOTLE

CM: Luke MURPHY

CM: Andy BOND

CM: Chuks ANEKE

RWF: Ajay LEITCH-SMITH

LWF: Max CLAYTON

CF: Mathias POGBA

Last Time: Portsmouth 2 Crewe Alexandra 4 (Division One - 08/12/2001)

This was a footnote in the bad old days of Graham Rix's reign at Pompey. Rob Hulse and Efe Sodje scored from headers inside half an hour but Steve Lovell got one back before the break.

However, Phil Charnock and Kenny Lunt scored in the second half to finish off the home side despite Peter Crouch's late consolation. Despite this result, Alex were still relegated at the end of the season.

My Prediction

No idea here, I'll go for a high scoring draw.

Portsmouth 2 Crewe Alexandra 2

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