Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 26 January 2010

West Ham Must Fancy Beating Portsmouth Tonight

Looking at the starting line ups, for tonight's match at Fratton Park I am more confident now in backing West Ham to beat Portsmouth when I wrote my preview on Sunday.

Asmir Begovic continues in goal for Portsmouth, in front of him he has the experienced Hermann Hreidarsson who has been clumbsy this season and goes up against the team who have won the most Premier League penalties this season. Frank Nouble and Alessandro Diamanti should find success running against him, so would substitutes Junior Stanislas and Carlton Cole if brought on.

Marc Wilson, Aaron Mokoena, Hayden Mullins and Angelos Basinas also start for Portsmouth who are backing up their status as relegation favourites for a starting eleven like this.

West Ham have Matthew Upson and the underrated James Tomkins in the centre of defence to block anything Portsmouth may throw at them (Frederic Piquionne their only starting striker – Danny Webber on the bench). I'm expecting Jack Collison to be a key player tonight, while I won't be surprised to see Frank Nouble to score his first West Ham goal.

West Ham are 2/1 win and this represents good value. My biggest bet of this evening is on Bolton Wanderers to beat Burnley at 4/5.

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