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Matchday Two: Birmingham v Pompey

Location: St. Andrews – Kick-off: 1945 BST

Pompey travel to St. Andrews tomorrow evening, as they face Birmingham City in their first away match of the season.

Both sides will be looking to gain points on the table, after both teams crashed to defeats on the opening weekend of fixtures.

Birmingham will be more confident of the two sides, after managing to restrict league champions, Manchester United to only a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Portsmouth on the other hand will be counting their losses, as they threw away a number of chances to gain an opening day victory against Fulham at home.

With so much turmoil going on off the pitch for the Blues, Paul Hart and his side will be hoping to distract some of the media attention onto more positive news stories.

However, Portsmouth and their fans realise this will not be a simple task.

Pompey will be facing Brum, in what will be their first home game since being promoted from the Championship last season.

The home fans will turn up in their numbers expecting a win, motivating the Birmingham players enough to just do that.

Pompey need to be solid in their performance and cancel out any early attacks. By making the home fans frustrated, Paul Hart and his men will know they are doing their job successfully.

Hart is expected to name the same squad as he did against Fulham, with the exception of loan signing Anthony Vanden Borre, making his debut on the right-hand-side of midfield, with John Utaka dropping to the bench.

Defenders Steve Finnan and Hermann Hreidarsson are expected to miss out, as they recover from hamstring injuries respectively.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is also expected to name the same side that faced United over the weekend, with left-back Franck Queudrue continuing as a makeshift centre-back.

The home side are suffering from a number of defensive problems, with new signings Scott Dann and Giovanny Espinoza likely to miss out.

Lee Bowyer will serve the last of his three-game-ban, while Liam Ridgewell is still recovering from a broken leg.

With Birmingham suffering from defensive problems, it provides Portsmouth with the perfect opportunity to attack.

However, of recent times, Portsmouth’s attack has lowered in quality, suggesting there will not be much difference between the two sides tomorrow evening.

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