Fratton Park, Tuesday 7.45pm
South African midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is set to miss the rest of the season due to a thigh injury sustained in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich. Owen Garvan replaced him in that match and is likely to start tonight.
Homesick striker Antonio Pedroza could be given a run-out as could Academy product Kyle de Silva who came off the bench against Ipswich.
Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim (calf), Benjani (ankle) and Kanu (back) are out of the game. Dave Kitson, Ashley Harris and Aaron Mokoena are all in contention to start for Pompey.
"Antonio Pedroza is is homesick and has indicated he'd like to go home. The young man has definitely got talent and we just need to see what is best for him.
"It has not been a great season for him football-wise but I'd be very surprised if he doesn't get some game time between now and the end of the season, to give him a taste and see if it acts as a carrot for next year. If he still feels the same then it is best if he does go home - but you can never say never in football."
"Letís not get stupid here. There are so many things which need to go our way to stay in the division. It can still happen, though, so while it can still happen we will continue to have a bit of belief. Hopefully, we are then given the chance to completely wipe the slate clean and start afresh next year with a new squad.
"Maybe, two or three of them, especially, gave me an idea of where their minds are in terms of next season on Saturday. Iíll use that in the next three games. Iíve got to get the balance right between thinking about the game and what we need for next season.
"Even if we win all three games, all Bristol City need to do is look after their own shift. But weíll be professional, do what we can do and try to finish the season on a high. If thatís good enough to stay in the division, so be it. We will continue to fight as hard as we can.
"Iím glad Iíve got two home games coming up because the fans will push and squeeze the ball into the back of the net. Who knows if we live to fight another day? Weíll see where we are tonight."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|01/11/2011||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 0||Portsmouth|
|22/02/2011||League||Portsmouth||1 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|14/09/2010||League||Crystal Palace||4 - 1||Portsmouth|
|24/08/2010||League Cup||Portsmouth||1 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|26/12/2004||League||Crystal Palace||0 - 1||Portsmouth|
Portsmouth 2-1 Palace
Tuesday April 17 2012
Portsmouth: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce, Rekik, Allan (Harris 85), Halford, Norris, Maguire, Kitson, Varney.
Subs Not Used: Mokoena, Futacs, Scapuzzi, Magri.
Goals: Allan 32, Halford 55.
Palace: Speroni, Clyne, McCarthy, McShane, Moxey, Garvan, Pedroza (Scannell 77), O'Keefe, Zaha, Martin (Appiah 57), Parr (Ambrose 64).
Subs Not Used: Price, De Silva.
Goals: Ambrose 71 pen.
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