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Preview: Pompey vs Chelsea


Preview: Pompey vs Chelsea

Chelsea go to Portsmouth aiming to set a new club record of 10 straight victories in all competitions, but the arrival of Jermain Defoe making his debut will give Pompey an enormous boost as they hope to pick up an important home win.

Injuries and Suspensions

Sylvain Distin (hamstring) is almost certain to miss out, while Frank Lampard may make the bench. John Terry, Shevchenko remain out and Carvalho is serving a ban.

Squads

Portsmouth (from): James, Johnson, Pamarot, Distin, Hreidarsson, Davis, Diarra, Hughes, Pedro Mendes, Kranjcar, Baros, Defoe, Benjani, Diop, Mvuemba, Lauren, Aubey, Wilson, Begovic.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Alex, Ben-Haim, Ivanovic, A Cole, Bridge, J Cole, Wright-Phillips, Sidwell, Ballack, Pizarro, Lampard, Anelka, Malouda, Sinclair, Makelele.

Avram: Redknapp is great

"I was at Portsmouth [as director of football] at the beginning of the year and I had a wonderful time.

"I enjoyed every minute of it. I like the club and the city and it will be exciting to go back as a manager.

"Harry has made huge progress. We know how they was before and now they are a legitimate team in the top of the table. He is a great manager."

Eyefootball Premiership Predictor

Portsmouth 1-1 Chelsea

A draw would be a fair result for both these teams here as Chelsea will be hoping to continue to mount a strong Premiership challenge. Nevertheless, it'll be a fantastic game.

Goalscorer: Michael Ballack