UK time is: 05:30:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Peterborough United -Vs- Portsmouth - Preview


Peterborough United entertain Portsmouth at London Road this weekend as they look to end a run of three straight defeats in all competitions.





Peterborough United -Vs- Portsmouth
Venue: London Road
Date: 28th January, 2012
Kick-off: 3pm



Posh recorded a win over Pompey at Fratton Park earlier this season, and will be looking to win their first game in 2 league games against them this time out.

Pompey travel to London Road with problems on and off the pitch. They will also be looking to end a run of three games without a win in all competitions. Their financial state is also in disarray as they struggle to find new owners to pay off their tax bill.

TEAM NEWS

Peterborough United

Posh will welcome the return of Grant McCann to the starting line-up for the first time since December, after being out with a knee injury. Lee Frecklington is also back in contention after an injury that has kept him out for the past few weeks. George Boyd could also return to the line-up if he recovers from a leg infection in time.

Daniel Kearns is also back in contention after being left out of the game against Brighton, which ended in a 2-1 defeat

Youngster Joe Newell, could also be in the frame as he impressed when he came on as a substitute against Gus Poyet`s Brighton side. Many Posh fans agreeing that Newell deserves a chance to show what he can do at this level.

Manchester United loanee Scott Wooton has returned to his parent club after his loan contract was terminated this week. Darren Ferguson said in his interviews that the decision to send him back was 'mutual`. However fellow Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe is still on loan at the club and can expect to at least be on the substitutes bench.

Some fans called for keeper Joe Lewis to be dropped to the bench after a below par performance against Brighton, however Ferguson has said in his interviews that he will be sticking by the big stopper, leaving Paul Jones on the bench once again.

Darren Ferguson again has a choice of who to start up front. Fans are calling for Lee Tomlin to be put on the substitutes bench after most of his running was after the referee in the recent fixture against Brighton. Unpredictable forward Emile Sinclair is expected to start, despite no one knowing which Sinclair we will see, Ferguson will be certainly be hoping for the Sinclair that is up for the game and knows where the goal is, as will the fans. Paul Taylor and Nicky Ajose are also fit if needed.

Vital Posh predicts the starting line-up could be:


Lewis

Little, Bennett, Zakuani, Alcock

McCann
Tunnicliffe                    Rowe
Boyd

Taylor, Sinclair



Portsmouth

Portsmouth are without midfielder David Norris, who will be serving the second of a three match ban, while Luke Varney is still out with a knee injury.

Defenders Aaron Mokoena and Tal Ben Haim could return to the starting 11 after returning from hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

Portsmouth will name striker Marko Futacs in their line-up again after he netted in Pompey`s recent 3-2 defeat to Cardiff

PRE-MATCH QUOTES

Darren Ferguson is happy with the players response from last weeks disappointing defeat to Brighton and has urged all the fans to back whoever is picked to pull on the Posh shirt.

Of course supporters are entitled to opinions about anything and anyone, but it`s important that whoever I pick is backed by the fans.

I want London Road to become a place that no team likes to visit and that will only happen if we stick together on and off the field.

Pompey full-back Joel Ward knows Portsmouth have to improve on a poor away record "We were the better side that night [against Posh]. We dominated the game, but they broke away and scored a winner in the last minute.

We need a similar performance tomorrow, but with a different result and I`m confident we will get it. That defeat hurt us a bit.

We`ll look to get at them straight away. We`ve got more than enough talent in our squad to cause them problems and to get three points.

We are concentrating on doing our jobs, but people insist on bringing up our away form!

STATS & FACTS

Posh and Portsmouth have each won 6 of the 20 meetings between these sides.

Posh have only beaten Pompey once at London Road, that was a 4-0 win back in 1980!

Portsmouth are only 1 place behind Peterborough, with Pompey in 17th, and Posh in 16th.

Head to Head statistics between these two teams can be found HERE.

A form guide to Portsmouth and Posh can be found HERE.

HOTSHOTS

Peterborough United

8 - McCann

7 - Sinclair

6 - Taylor

5 - Tomlin

5 - Frecklington

5 - Boyd

Portsmouth

5 - Norris

5 - Varney

3 - Futacs

PREDICTION

The away game ended in a win for The Posh, albeit through an own goal by Pompey`s Erik Huseklepp.

Vital Posh predicts a tight game ending in a battling 2-1 win.

REFEREE

David WEBB takes charge of this encounter.

His last Championship game was the boxing day fixture between Burnley and Doncaster. He gave 4 yellow cards and a penalty in the game, which ended 3-0 to Burnley.

He will be assisted by Declan Ford and Nick Hobbis.

The fourth official is Rob Hyde.

UP THE POSH

twitter Follow me on Twitter: @TommLeaa



Photos/images courtesy of www.theposhpics.com

Join The Vital Debate



Join Vital Peterborough United!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!


Vital Posh is 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital Posh today?
It's easy to REGISTER HERE. Simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!.


Message Board
To visit the message board, click here.


Get involved
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Posh at peterborough@vitalfootball.co.uk .



Vital Peterborough is also on: facebook twitter






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: TommLeaa Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 27 2012

Time: 5:06PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Peterborough United Articles

Ticket Information: Bantams v Posh (Friday August 1 2014)

Spotlight On…Port Vale (Friday August 1 2014)

Spotlight On…Oldham Athletic (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Posh v Charlton - Preview (Wednesday July 30 2014)

First Trophy In The Cabinet For Posh (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Spotlight On…Notts County (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Spotlight On…MK Dons (Monday July 28 2014)

Spotlight On…Leyton Orient (Sunday July 27 2014)

Archived Peterborough United Articles

List All Vital Posh Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. MK Dons 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Notts County 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Oldham 0 0 0 0 0 0
16. Peterborough 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Port Vale 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Preston 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. Rochdale 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

League One Preview 2014/15 - Barnsley to Coventry
» Walsall : 01/08/2014 23:58:00
Ticket Information: Bantams v Posh
» Peterborough : 01/08/2014 22:28:00
DRFC Midfielder signs one-month deal
» Doncaster : 01/08/2014 21:31:00
DRFC Rovers bring in Aston Villa keeper
» Doncaster : 01/08/2014 21:24:00
DRFC Wabara joins Rovers
» Doncaster : 01/08/2014 21:11:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Posh hold on to Britt this summer?
Suggested By:  
Yes 54%
No 46%