Portsmouth endured a frustrating evening at Fratton Park on Tuesday as they only managed to draw 2-2 with a Burton Albion side that was playing with 10 men for just over 60 minutes of the game after John-Joe O’Toole was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Kenny Jackett’s men will be looking to address their poor run of form, with the south coast club currently sitting in 18th place after six games played, with Pompey having only picked up six points from a possible 18 up for grabs, winning one, drawing three and losing two.
It was only through Brett Pitman’s 95th minute penalty that the Fratton Park club managed to salvage something from the game, with Pompey being largely wasteful in front of goal for much of the evening as they only hit the target with eight of their 30 shots across the 90 minutes.
They now face one of League One’s in form sides in the form of Wycombe Wanderers, who currently sit third in the table after a brilliant start to their campaign under Gareth Ainsworth, with the Chairboys drawing one all at home to lowly Accrington Stanley on Tuesday.
In this article, we take a look at the Portsmouth XI that Kenny Jackett should go with in this weekend’s fixture….
Craig McGillivray will most likely start again between the sticks, with the Pompey keeper having started in every league game for the club this season. The 26-year-old shot-stopper will be hoping to keep only his second clean sheet this season in the league, with his last one coming against Tranmere Rovers in early August.
In front of the keeper, we expect Jackett to stick with the back four which started against Burton Albion, with natural centre half Christian Burgess set to continue in his abstract role at right-back in the absence of Anton Walkes who has slipped down the pecking order at Fratton Park in recent games.
With our formation featuring a four in midfield, we expect Close and McCrorie to maintain their places in the centre of the park, with both Curtis and Williams also set to retain their places out wide in roles as wide midfielders rather than out and out wingers, with there being a greater onus on them dropping back to support their fullbacks when out of possession.
Lastly, the change that we believe Jackett should make is to take out Brett Pitman, shift the formation from the 4-2-3-1 they played against Burton to a 4-4-2 and start Ellis Harrison up top with John Marquis, this partnership will provide Portsmouth with a much better balance up front than in previous fixtures, with Marquis possessing the ability to get in behind the defence and get on the end of crosses.
While Harrison will help to provide a better defensive contribution than Pitman, thus giving the Pompey midfield two support when the team are out of possession, whilst in addition to this he can also help to link the play in attack with flick ons to Marquis.