Three wins in a row has put Pompey in a commanding position in the League Two promotion race as they travel to Stevenage tomorrow. They have a six point cushion between them and fourth place, while they are just four points behind Plymouth Argyle in second. The Blues have the chance to make a real statement of intent as they travel to Broadhall Way as a win at their fellow promotion chasers would go a long way to securing them third spot.
Borough are currently on a great run of form which has seen them push their way into a play-off position with nine games left of the season. In midweek they went down to a 1-0 defeat at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool, but before that they had been unbeaten in nine league games, winning eight during that period. Stevenage will certainly be no pushovers tomorrow.
One to watch:
Matt Godden is the obvious threat to the Blues, with 19 goals this season, but Jobi McAnuff is also a player to keep an eye on, as the veteran has enjoyed a long career in the Football League. The ex-Reading midfielder most recently spent a season with Leyton Orient, where he scored against the Blues at Brisbane Road.
Stevenage are one of my favourite teams in League Two and have a wealth of talent in their 4-2-3-1 formation. Matt Godden leads the line with 19 league goals this season, while Ben Kennedy is a threat from the number ten position and Fraser Franks and Luke Wilkinson make a formidable centre-back pairing.
We’ve seen you before…:
Luke Wilkinson started his career at the Blues and the centre-half has gone on to have a decent career in the lower leagues with the likes of Dagenham & Redbridge, Luton and, of course, Stevenage. However, Wilkinson never made an appearance for Pompey so is unlikely to get anything other than an indifferent reception.
Pompey now have promotion in their own hands and would be very disappointed not to go up from this position. They have now won three on the bounce, scoring ten times and not conceding a single goal. I don’t know about you, but that seems to me to be the perfect response to the defeat at Crewe just under two weeks ago.
Paul Cook is keeping Pompey’s injury situation under wraps ahead of Saturday’s match so as not to give too much away. Goalscorers, Kal Naismith and Kyle Bennett both limped off on Tuesday night, and Cook has also hinted that a couple of other players have been struggling with knocks. I would expect to see a couple of changes to the side which started against Grimsby, but it is difficult to predict who will drop out with so little information. Kyle Bennett could well be back in the team as his ankle injury didn’t look too serious from where I was sitting. Here is my predicted lineup:
Pompey have been on great form recently, but so have their opponents (barring Tuesday night). Therefore, I am predicting a 1-1 draw as the teams could cancel each other out tomorrow. All things considered, a point would be a good result against a good side away from home, so I would be happy with that result.
Eoin Doyle seems to have had more luck away from home than he has at Fratton Park so I’m hoping he will get on the scoresheet, while Danny Rose has been in majestic form recently and has scored two in the last two games so hopefully he can show his class once again.