Newcastle entertain Portsmouth tomorrow at St. Jamesâ€™ Park and a win is what every Newcastle fan is looking for, after last week’s awful capitulation at Reading.
But Pompey have shown tremendous away form this season and have won their last 4 away games. On the other hand Newcastle have won their last 4 home games so it should be quite a game, and a test between a good home side against a good away side.
Newcastle have not managed a clean sheet in their last 7 games but Pompey have kept five clean sheets in six and have not conceded in 270 minutes of Premier League football, and not even in the last 301 minutes on the road. Seems to us itâ€™s time that record was broken. 😀
On Newcastleâ€™s side is history since Newcastle always seem to do well against Portsmouth at home having won 11 of their last 13 meetings. In their last 23 meeting at Newcastle, the home side have won 19 and drawn 4. You have to go back 58 years, since Portsmouth won at St. James, when they triumphed 3-1 back on 20 August 1949. And yes, you’re right, it’s not a good time to break that record. 😀
Portsmouth have 10 points from their 6 away games in the league this season, with a positive goal difference of 2. There’s little doubt they play well away from Fratton Park. They are also 2 points above Newcastle on 19 points in the league so a Newcastle win will catapult Newcastle above Portsmouth. Certainly, after reading the Portsmouth web site they are looking for all 3 points at Newcastle, so we should be assured of a good attacking game from both sides.
Newcastle defender Abdoulaye Faye has been passed fit despite being taken ill and withdrawn during last week’s woeful 2-1 defeat at Reading. But striker Mark Viduka (calf), winger Damien Duff (ankle) and defender Stephen Carr (hamstring) are still out and unavailable for selection.
Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari and left-back Hermann Hreidarsson are set to be missing again when their team makes the journey to St James’ Park. Muntari is struggling with a hamstring problem and Hreidarsson faces more treatment on a torn groin muscle.
We think Newcastle can win this game but it will be tough and we donâ€™t think weâ€™ll even keep a clean sheet. We think we can win the game 3-1, and if we can do that, weâ€™ll move nicely up the league. Itâ€™s anybodyâ€™s guess as to the team big Sam will select but weâ€™d like to see this attacking team for tomorrow. Let us know what you think the team will be â€“ but one thing is for sure, and thatâ€™s Newcastleâ€™s bench will be very strong.
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Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Beye, Enrique, Rozehnal, Taylor, Cacapa, Faye, Milner, Geremi, Butt, Emre, N’Zogbia, Barton, Smith, Pattison, Martins, Owen, Ameobi.
Portsmouth (from): James, Ashdown, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Taylor, Utaka, Diop, Davis, Pedro Mendes, Kranjcar, Benjani, Kanu, Pamarot, Lauren, Nugent, Traore, Muntari.