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From BBC...

Portsmouth v Charlton

Fratton Park
Saturday, 9 April
Kick-off: 1500 BST

Portsmouth captain Arjan de Zeeuw faces a late test on a damaged shin after sitting out training all week.

Fellow defender Andy Griffin (calf) is still out and new signing Aleksandar Rodic may be added to the squad.

Charlton could switch back to 4-4-2 after one win in seven, which means Francis Jeffers may start with Jonatan Johansson making way.

Talal El Karkouri serves the second game of a three-game ban, and Radostin Kisahishev faces a fitness test.

Portsmouth (from): Ashdown, Primus, de Zeeuw, Stefanovic, Taylor, Stone, Berger, O'Neil, Cisse, Skopelitis, Yakubu, Kamara, LuaLua, Rodic, Hughes, Fuller, Mezague, Chalkias.

Charlton (from): Kiely, Young, Hreidarsson, Perry, Fortune, Fish, Holland, Konchesky, Murphy, Rommedahl, Thomas, Bartlett, Andersen, Euell, Johansson, Jeffers, Kishishev, Hughes, Lisbie.

# Portsmouth's new boss Alain Perrin on coach Joe Jordan:
"I can bring him impulse by being on the bench and have an impact with the players.

"After that there will be six games left and for all those I will work with Joe Jordan and Velimir Zajec.

"I need some help at first and the club have recognised that."

# Charlton boss Alan Curbishley:
"We're desperate to get something at Portsmouth now.

"Last year we finished seventh and this year there'll be criticism if we don't do the same again."


# PORTSMOUTH chairman Milan Mandaric has installed the new managerial team of Alain Perrin and David Pleat and charged them with the task of arresting the slide that has seen his club slithering dangerously near to the drop zone. Pompey lost nine of 13 games in the official reign of Velimir Zejec and Joe Jordan. They face Charlton seeking a first win in seven Premiership outings.

# The Fratton Park club are bottom of the form table with just one point from a possible 18 and five defeats in six games. The point a game average this season is identical to this stage last year when they eventually finished five places and 12 points above the danger line. They're currently two places and four points clear of the trap door.

# This will be the fourth time these clubs have met in the Premiership, and Portsmouth are yet to win. They were heading for a point in last season's equivalent fixture, when Shaun Bartlett scored a stoppage-time winner. It was a similar story in this season's reverse fixture. The match was heading for a 1-1 draw, but David Unsworth put through his own goal in the dying minutes to hand the Addicks the points.

# CHARLTON ATHLETIC head for the south coast eager to avoid their annual end-of-season crash, so that they can qualify for Europe for the first time in their history. Last Saturday's stoppage time equaliser from Chris Perry rescued a point they barely deserved against Manchester City and meant the Addicks had picked up four points from the first three matches of their ten-match run-in. Victory here, and other results going their way, could see Alan Curbishley's men rise to sixth place, which would guarantee Uefa Cup football - should it be maintained. If Arsenal and Manchester United qualify for the FA Cup final, a top seven finish would be sufficient for Europe.

# The south east London outfit have won only one of the last seven in the League and lost one of the last six. They're keen to take maximum points and avoid a 50th away defeat in their Premier League history, after drawing the last three on the road.

# Athletic are vying for a fourth successive victory at Fratton Park. They've scored two goals in each of their last three visits, and are chasing their first top flight 'double' over Pompey and fourth against them all-time.

Graham Poll (Tring)


Club stats
16th 31 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 14th
Lowest could fall: 16th

# Lost five of the last six - all Premiership.
# Lost nine of the last 12 Premier League engagements.
# Looking for a fifth top League victory post Harry Redknapp.
# Lost 16 Premiership matches this season. Only Crystal Palace and Norwich have been beaten more often (17 times each).
# Won all four top flight games in which clean sheets have been kept. Only Norwich have kept fewer clean sheets in the top division (three).
# Lost all eight League games in which failed to score.
# Gone in all square at half time on 19 occasions in top League games.
# Opponents have scored first in 20 top division encounters this term, and only two of those 20 have been won (v West Brom and Middlesbrough - both at home). Only Norwich have suffered that fate more often (23).
# Bottom of the Premiership's "Last Six Current Form" table with one point from the 18.
# Gone 46 games since a goalless draw - the longest such sequence in the Premiership. The most recent no score stalemate was home to relegated Wolves on 31 January last year.
# Drawn level from being in arrears on 13 occasions in top flight matches this term - that's more often than any other club.
# Managed exactly a point a game this season (31 from 31). That is identical to this same stage on their only previous Premiership campaign last year.

# Managed only one home League maximum under Velimir Zajec as manager.
# Won one of the last seven home League games.
# Managed just two clean sheets in home top flight matches (v Tottenham and Manchester United). Only Norwich have managed fewer (one).

Club stats
8th 44 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 6th
Lowest could fall: 8th

# Drawn three of the last five League games.
# Failed to win a top flight game this season in which the opposition has scored first (three draws, 10 defeats on the 13 occasions it's happened).
# Kept 11 clean sheets in the highest League this term. Only Chelsea (22) and Manchester United (18) have managed more.
# Gained only three points from a losing position (both the Premiership matches against Newcastle, which were 1-1 draws, and home to Manchester City, which ended 2-2).
# Four players have figured in every one of Charlton's Premiership games this season - more than any other club.
# Gone in at half time all square in 11 Premiership games. Only Arsenal have been drawing at the interval in fewer top flight games (10).
# One of two clubs not awarded a penalty in Premiership matches this season. The other is Middlesbrough.
# Used fewer players in Premiership matches than any other club (20).

# Drawn the last three on the road - all Premiership (v Newcastle 1-1, Middlesbrough 2-2 and Fulham 0-0).
# Not lost in four on the road.
# Won one and drawn four away League games, since losing 1-0 at Blackburn on 3 January.
# Lost only one of the last eight on their Premiership travels since mid November.


Squad profiles

# If he plays, Arjan DE ZEEUW will be making his 100th League appearance for Portsmouth.
# If involved, Aliou CISSE will be making his 50th English League appearance.

Squad profiles

# Matt HOLLAND will be 31 two days after this match.
# If he lines up for the opening whistle, Paul KONCHESKY will be making his 100th start for Charlton.
# Should he be involved, Kevin LISBIE will be making his 150th career League appearance.
# Suspended: Talal EL KARKOURI

Portsmouth 1-2 Charlton Athletic
4 October 2003 - Ref: Graham Poll
Portsmouth scorer: Sheringham 34
Charlton scorers: Fortune 77, Bartlett 90

Charlton Athletic 2-1 Portsmouth
21 August 2004 - Ref: Alan Wiley
Charlton scorers: Euell 23, Unsworth 87 og
Portsmouth scorers: Berger 53

League: Portsmouth 37 wins, Charlton 29, Draws 25
Prem: Portsmouth 0 wins, Charlton 2, Draws 1

HEAD TO HEAD at Portsmouth
League: Portsmouth 24 wins, Charlton 11, Draws 10
Prem: Portsmouth 0 wins, Charlton 1, Draws 0

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I think this is Pompey's best chance of grabbing some points, Charltona re indifferent at present, and with the new coach Perrin in charge this should be the impetus that the club need to turn round the disasterous run of form they have had recently.

1-0 Pompey.

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2-0 to us. got £20 on it
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