Pompey v Blades Preview

Last updated : 10 January 2003 By @blades_mad1889

Our last game was against Liverpool last Wednesday night, and it was United who were cheering as the Blades never say die attitude won the game 2-1. Neil Mellor opened the scoring for the Reds in the first half but two stunning Michael Tonge shots in the second gave United a chance of going to Cardiff for the final in March.

United have Carl Asaba (who was a target for Portsmouth earlier this season) back. Steve Kabba is back for the Blades after being cup-tied against Liverpool.

Possible Line-Up: Paddy Kenny, Phil Jagielka, Shaun Murphy, Robert Page, Wayne Quinn, Peter Ndlovu, Stuart McCall, Michael Brown, Michael Tonge, Wayne Allison, Steve Kabba.

Pompey's last game was last Saturday in Football Association Cup Round 3, they faced Manchester United at Old Trafford where the Red Devils over powered the possible future Premier League members 4-1. Ruud Van Nistilroy opened up the scoring as he hit in a 5th minute penalty, minutes later David Beckham whipped in a free-kick when flew into back of the net.

Portsmouth however pulled one back on the stroke of half time as veteran Steve Stone fired in a goal mouth scramble to give the

visitors some hope. Pompey kept on attacking the Man United goal but failed to score a leveler. Within the last ten minutes of the goal Van Nistilroy scored his second penalty of the game while Paul Scholes wrapped up the victory.

Manager Harry Rednapp has a few injury worries, ex-Barnsley defender Arjan De Zeeuw has suffered a right knee ligament while another few defenders, Gianluca Festa and Eddie Howe have both been out for a while. Paul Merson started against Manchester United but he is not 100% fit and could be a doubt for Blades trip to Fratton Park.

Pompey's star players Matthew Taylor and Nigel Quashie will both start against United in Midfield as will their weak link, Lassina Diabate.

Possible Line-Up: Shaka Hislop, Linvoy Primus, Hayden Fox, Stathis Tavlardis, Kevin Harper, Steve Stone, Lassina Diabate, Nigel Quashie, Matthew Taylor, Stetoslav Todorov, Gary O'Neil.

Our last visit to Fratton Park was last season (2001/02), the home side won 1-0 with a Guy Whittingham goal though United did have their chances, non so more than when Patrick Suffo struck the woodwork.

Prediction: The game is going to be very difficult and although Portsmouth fans have been respectful to the Blades and predicted a draw, I feel that United can get a draw or possibly even better a win against Portsmouth.