Portsmouth v Manchester United
28 November, 2009
Kick-Off: 1500 GMT
The Red Devils travel south for this Portsmouth - Manchester United clash, having ended their 23 game unbeaten run at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Wednesday night, after a 1-0 loss to Besiktas.
The result came as a bit of a shock, but given the side Sir Alex Ferguson decided to field, it's hardly fair to expect Man Utd would have put up their normal figures against an in-form Besiktas side.
Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda spearheaded the Manchester United attack, to give a good indication of the caliber of line-up Ferguson elected to go with. And in spite of the number of youths in the squad, Man U still looked the sharper of the two sides.
Despite the loss, Manchester United have their focus on the Premier League at present, including this Man Utd v Portsmouth tie, knowing that they have successfully qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
In the Premiership, things have been going smoothly for the Red Devils as they carved up a poor Everton side on Saturday. Darren Fletcher's wondergoal set the pace as United won 3-0.
With Sir Alex Ferguson undoubtedly calling up his best squad for this Manchester United v Portsmouth match, the Red Devils will look to avoid any repeat of Wednesday night at Fratton Park.
Portsmouth's inability to record wins is starting to put a real cloud of doubt over the clubs aspirations of maintaining their Premier League status.
The club sits dead last in the Premier League and has only won two matches this season Pompey is the first of the twenty Premier League sides to have recorded double digits in the loss column.
Still, ahead of this Portsmouth v Man Utd match, their play of late has been much improved given the club lost its first seven matches, although again, the club have been unable to rack up three points as they have lost their last two matches.
In their most recent match against Stoke, Portsmouth showed signs of life, but could not get on the score sheet as Stoke eventually won 1-0.
Ricardo Fuller got the only goal of the game for Stoke in the 74th minute, but Portsmouth blew a golden opportunity to take the lead only eight minutes into the match when Kevin-Prince Boateng failed to convert from the spot.
With Avram Grant replacing Paul Hart as new manager, the former Chelsea boss will look to turn the club's fate around having already been their technical director in the 2006/07 season.
This Portsmouth v Manchester United clash could be the perfect chance for Grant to show his aspirations for the side in the coming months.
Portsmouth drew with United in the Community Shield last season, and beat them 1-0 in the Sixth Round of the 2008 FA Cup—the year that Portsmouth went on to win the competition.
However, both Man U v Portsmouth league matches last season ended with United victories; 2-0 at Old Trafford and 1-0 at Fratton Park.
All things considered, Manchester United should definitely be comfortable favourites to win on Saturday.
Portsmouth vs Man Utd Prediction: Portsmouth 0 - Man U 2
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