Portsmouth Open Thread

This afternoon’s match has taken on far more importance than anyone would have predicted a month ago. Having taken only one point in 18 West Ham know that they are on a very dangerous slide. I have to admit that due to work commitments I haven’t seen them play since mid September, but by all accounts we have played good, attacking football with scant reward. We also have to learn to play 90 minutes, rather than 70.

There will undoubtedly be a few changes made today in the lineup. Valon Behrami is back in contention after a few weeks out and Carlton Cole’s suspension should see him restored to the attack.

I expect the lineup to be Green, Ilunga, Neill, Upson, Collins, Etherington, Parker, Bowyer, Behrami, Cole, Bellamy. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Sears and Collison retain their places at the expense of Etherington and Bowyer.

It’s a good time to play Portsmouth as they try to find their feet under Tony Adams. Let’s hope we play good, attacking football, but make sure that we defend when we need to. That’s why I think it would be best to play Bowyer and Parker together in midfield. If we can control midfield we can control the game. We only ever seem to come apart when the midfield duo can’t get into the game.

I’m not going to make a prediction!

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10 Responses to Portsmouth Open Thread

  1. dirtycyclone says:

    collison has to start, he’s been excellent against man u middlesboro and everton, bowyer hasnt played well for us since the opening day of the season against charlton 2 years ago

  2. chris says:

    ON MY WAY TO GAME RIGHT NOW IAIN THIS IS A MUST WIN GAME HOPE WE STICK WITH COLLINSON AND SEARS.LOST PACTIENCE WITH FAUBERT AND LBM THEIR BOTH UNPLAYABLE THEIR THAT BAD, MY TEAM WOULD BE 4 3 3 SEARS COLE BELLAMY …. ETHRINGTON PARKER COLLINSON….ILUNGA COLLINS UPSON AND NEIL ALTHOUGH I THINK HES OUR WEAK LINK SHAME COZ FAUBERT HAS PACE. SUBS…..GIVE DI MICHELE 25 MINUTES WHEN PACE HAS GONE FROM GAME…….COYI!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Doc H Ball says:

    Key game coming up.

    Disagree about Bowyer, don’t think he offers much now. I’d keep Jack in for sure.

    I’d keep Freddie as well in place of Cole. When he gets his first I think he won’t stop.

    Crunch time Zola…

  4. DevoDevo says:

    Scary day today, confidence will be low.

    Personally, I would bring Tomka in for Collins (at fault again last week) and play Behrami in front of Neill.

    I still like the Bellers/sears partnership and would leave Cole on the bench for leter. Hopefully, Zola should replace parker when he has run his legs off.

    Green
    Neill
    Tomkins
    Upson
    Illunga
    Behrami
    Collison
    Parker
    Boa Morte
    Sears
    Bellamy

    COYI

  5. jon.london colney says:

    oh well,not to disapointed,a point is better than last week.would be nice if this attaking forward play could result in one goal now and again.

  6. D&G says:

    This WAS a must win! Has anyone looked at the fixture list from now until New year?
    Sunderland (away) – 1 point IF WE ARE VERY LUCKY
    Liverpool (away) – 0
    Spurs (home) – 1 nothing more then that
    Chelsea (away) – 0 obviously
    Villa (home) – 0 flying high and they will outclass us at home

    I pretty much predict us to be sitting bottom after the Villa game…..

  7. chris says:

    SHAMBLES UP FRONT!!!!!EVEN THE ANNOUNCER CANT MATCH THE FACE WITH THE PLAYER…..THIS WAS A MUST WIN GAME COLLINS AND UPSON WERE GREAT THOUGHT PARKER PLAYED WELL,HAVE TO DISAGREE COLE WORKED HARDER THAN SEARS,THINK HES A YARD SHORT OF PACE, 4 3 3 DIDNT WORK TODAY THE FRONT 3 WERE SO STATIC NEVER GOT CLOSE TO EACH OTHER 2 ‘S COMPANY 3’S A CROWD SPRINGS TO MIND.
    YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO WORK OUT WE NEED A WORLD CLASS STRIKER AT UPTON PARK!!!! BUT LIKE IT WAS A FEW YEARS BACK IT MIGHT BE ALL LITTLE TO LATE WHEN ONE TURNS UP IN THE NEW YEAR .
    DID ANYONE NOTICE IN THE WARM UP NO STRIKER HIT THE TARGET ONLY COLLINS DID,SO LETS PLAY HIM UP FRONT!!!!!

  8. john says:

    Zola has to realise we havent got the players to play 4-3-3. Bellamy is a centre forward who should be playing off a target man, not picking the ball up in the right midfield position and trying to influence the play from there. Cole is shocking in front of goal but his hold up play is good and if they just played the traditional 4-4-2 i think we would see better results and more goals. Collins was superb today and since he came back has really added some quality to the back. Lucas neil has to have a run on the bench for a captain he was appalling. give scotty parker the armband and put behrami right back. RANT OVER

  9. Dave Hall says:

    Have to agree with you John, we should play 4-4-2 , atleast until Zola has players of his choice he can bring in. I can see what he is trying to do, but it won’t work with what he has got available. Spot on John.

  10. D&G says:

    Zola is inexperienced. His inexperience shows as the above comments prove, get shot of smiling midget while it isn’t too late!

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