The Opposition: Morecambe v Portsmouth

Gary Roberts will be key to Portsmouth's promotion chances this season.
Gary Roberts will be key to Portsmouth's promotion chances this season.

Morecambe visit promotion favourites Portsmouth on Saturday having had two forgettable trips to Fratton Park in recent seasons.

Manager

Paul Cook

Having nearly made the League 1 play-offs with Chesterfield the former Accrington boss joined Pompey in May. After two difficult seasons in League 2 many believe Cook will be the man to lead the 2008 FA Cup winners back up the Football League.

Key Man

Gary Roberts

Former Huddersfield winger followed Cook from Chesterfield and has the tools to be one of the best players in the division this season. Won and scored a late penalty to hand Pompey a 2-1 win at Plymouth on Saturday. Cook also has prolific lower-league front man Matt Tubbs to call on this season.

Form

Portsmouth have won three from four in all competitions this season, laying down a marker for their intentions this season. Cook’s men beat Dagenham & Redbridge, 3-0 on the opening day, and Plymouth either side of upsetting Derby 2-1 in the first round of the Capital One Cup. Drew 0-0 at Crawley Town on Tuesday night.

History

Morecambe’s 3-1 win over Portsmouth at the Globe Arena in April was their only victory in four meetings between the sides. The Shrimps’ two trips to Fratton Park have been immediately forgettable with both ending in 3-0 defeats. Boss Jim Bentley will be hoping for a first point on the south coast this time around.

Possible line-up

Murphy, Webster, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens, Doyle, Atangana, Evans, Roberts, Bennett, Tubbs.

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