The Opposition View: Cambridge United

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 10 October 2015

What do you make of Cambridge's start to the season?

In a word, underwhelming. The first three results (2 wins and a crazy 4-4 draw at Carlisle) hinted at a season spent chasing an automatic promotion spot. Since then we have won one game and our standard of football has been disappointing.

Given the much publicised recruitment over the summer, hopes were raised amongst Cambridge fans and on paper we look decent. But football is played on grass, not paper and for one reason or another it's not quite worked out yet.

What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of this U's side and who are the key players?

I would say Barry Corr is our biggest strength. His scoring record for us so far has been excellent but he's been out injured for much of the season and without him we really don't look like scoring.

Our weakness seems to be our continuos changing to "cope" with the opposition rather than playing our strongest line up and going for it. We seem too concerned with the opposition for my liking at the moment.

Barry Corr supposedly turned down Pompey for Cambridge in the summer. What's your opinion of him?

He's excellent, probably the best number 9 I've seen playing for us for 15 years and that's no exaggeration. His hold up play is very good, he links well with other players, he is good in the air, has a good shot on him and consequently he scores plenty and the team scores loads.

As I mentioned already, he's been injured a lot so far and him playing or not seems to dictate our results. It's that drastic.

What do you make of the current Portsmouth squad and their prospects for the season?

I had Portsmouth down for automatic promotion at the start of the season and that still seems like a good bet. Cook had built a good team, probably the best all round squad in the division.

Roberts looks a decent player in midfield and I sense we're going to need to keep him quiet to have any joy. Tubbs is also worth a goal or two, he always scores against us!

What kind of match can we expect at the Abbey Stadium this weekend? Another 6-2 scoreline on the cards?

I hope not! We're generally quite defensive this season, which is irritating for those of us who want to see us attack teams, and I'd expect us to try to contain Portsmouth in the first half before a more open second half.

We've lost twice at home already this season which isn't great for a side aiming for automatic promotion but on our day we're capable of giving sides a decent game.

Predict the outcome of the game.

1-1. Cambridge to open the scoring in the second half with a late equaliser from Pompey.

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