Both Nicky Butt and Danny Guthrie have passed fitness tests and start in the middle of the field for Newcastle today at Fratton Park.
As expected the defense is unchanged with Bassong holding his place alongside Coloccini and Steven Taylor is again on the bench.
Ameobi passed a fitness test yesterday and takes his place on the bench alongside Viduka, and today we have Geremi on the bench with Kazenga LuaLua surprisingly not included as a sub.
From last week’s team basically Butt replaces Geremi in the starting line-up, so if either of the two midfielders are injured, Geremi will be able to come in, so hopefully we’ll not have any catastrophic collapse like we did last weekend. Duff is also included on the bench.
If we are to get the 3 points we desperately need, the defense is going to have to play very well, and Butt and Guthrie need solid games in the middle of the park for the Magpies.
This is probably the strongest side we can field right now.
Howay The Lads!!
Portsmouth: James, Pamarot, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Mvuemba, Davis, Hughes, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe.
Substitutes: Ashdown, Lauren, Hreidarsson, Nugent, Kanu, Armand Traore, Wilson.
Newcastle United: Given, Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Butt, Guthrie, N’Zogbia, Martins, Owen.
Substitutes: Harper, Cacapa, Duff, Geremi, Ameobi, Taylor, Viduka.