Friday, 5 December 2008

West Brom v Portsmouth Premier League Preview: Can The Baggies End 8-Game Winless Streak against Pompey


West Bromwich Albion play, Tony Adams’ in the Premier League at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Baggies go into this game with Portsmouth knowing that nothing other than a win will do if they are to retain their Premier League status, with West Brom without a win in the last eight matches and only managing to pick up a solitary point out of 24 available in this period, which was against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers. West Brom are rock bottom of the Premiership, with the worst goal difference in the league and need to start picking up some points straight away, starting against Pompey.

Adams will be hoping that his Portsmouth side can keep their recent run going, with Pompey unbeaten in their last four games, which has seen them win against Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers and draw against Hull City and West Ham United. Pompey are 8th in the Premiership and despite being eliminated from the UEFA Cup on Thursday, will fancy the task at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Mowbray is unable to call on long-term injury Neil Clement (knee) for the visit of Portsmouth, but apart fom that has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Pompey will be without Lassana Diarra (ankle), but Sol Campbell (ankle) and John Utaka (thigh) could feature against the Baggies if they can shake their respective injuries off in time for the trip to the Midlands.

West Bromwich Albion: (from) Carson, Hoefkens, Robinson, Cech, Barnett, Koren, Greening, Bednar, Miller, Brunt, Kim, MacDonald, Moore, Dorrans, Pele, Kiely, Teixeira, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Morrison, Valero, Donk, Worrall

Portsmouth: (from) James, Behadji, Distin, Campbell, Johnson, Kranjcar, Little, Utaka, Davis, Defoe, Crouch, Hreidarsson, Diop, Nugent, Thomas, Pamarot, Mvuemba, Ashdown, Hughes, Duffy, Sahar, Kanu, Christophe, A Traore, Begovic, D Traore, Wilson

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