Will Pompey See Off Posh
Portsmouth, can take another step closer to automatic promotion tomorrow evening when they entertain Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United, in front of a packed Fratton Park.
As things currently stand, Pompey sit 3rd, with one game in hand on the two teams above them, namely Barnsley and Luton respectively, both of who have 91 points having played 45 games each, while Portsmouths game against Peterborough is their game in hand and as things stand, need to beat the posh, to stand any chance of sneaking one of the two automatic promotion spots.
Portsmouth are currently on a good run at this time, having found form at just the right time, that being the business end of the season, while both Luton and Barnsley, who previously had been on strong, excellent runs and were looking untouchable, suddenly had blips, at just the wrong time.
A packed Fratton Park, which has been sold out for all remaining home games, since their checkatrade trophy final win, will be cheering on the boys in blue, fully believing that automatic promotion will happen.
Portsmouth play a 4~2~3~1 formation, which has proved successful this season, after initially starting with a diamond 4~4~2, which exposed some flaws, due to its narrowness in the set up, while the 4~2~3~1 offers a chance for Wingers to get forward and cross into the box for the centre forward to ideally score goals.
The pompey central strikers have been varied this season, with Oli Hawkins and Omar Bogle, their loan signing from Cardiff filling the role with varying degrees of success, in that goals have come, though surprisingly, or not depending on which way you look at it, James Vaughan, yes he of Everton fame and currently on load from Wigan, filled the role on Saturday in their draw at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
Kenny Jackett, sensing that experience was probably crucial at this time of the season, opted for Vaughan, ahead of the other two preferred strikers and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod against Peterborough, tomorrow night, though it is thought that he may opt to go with Bogle, who at least will be in the match day squad, having recovered from a swollen knee.
Peterborough, for their part, have been more organised under Darren Ferguson and are slowly proving hard to beat playing a similar formation to Portsmouth, they have no fresh injury concerns with George Cooper a doubt having twisted a knee on Saturday.
Peterborough, need the points as much as Pompey do, for their own playoff hopes, which at this time are slim and sees them 4 points behind Doncaster, but with 2 games still to play.
Either way it will be an interesting evening at Fratton Park ahead of the final game of the season on Saturday.