Friday, October 13, 2006

Portsmouth vs West Ham

West Ham travel to Fratton Park perhaps at the right time, just as Portsmouth's excellent start to the season is in danger of coming off the rails. Having won four and drawn one of their opening five games Portsmouth have lost their last two games. However Pompey still have the joint best defensive record in the Premiership and West Ham are proving shy in front of goal. West Ham will probably be happy to achieve the draw they earnt in the corresponding fixture last season.

West Ham have the perennial problem at right back, with John Paintsil not returning to the country until Monday (West Ham claim he is injured anyway) but Mears has hopefully recovered from injury. Collins is out with a groin injury but Gabbidon and Ferdinand seem to have recovered from injuries. Tevez could be doubtful after he picked up a knee injury on international duty.

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