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A look at.... Portsmouth

We look ahead to the Capital One Cup clash on the south coast with The Rams facing Portsmouth in front of the SkySports cameras.

We look ahead to the Capital One Cup clash on the south coast with The Rams facing Portsmouth in front of the SkySports cameras. Thanks to FrattonBlue from Vital Pompey for the input:

How has pre-season gone for Pompey?
As you know, pre-season results are not always that important and with a lot of new players coming into Pompey's team over the summer, the 'gelling' of the squad was the main focus. That said, Pompey were unbeaten in their six outings. They started off with two draws against non-league Havant & Waterlooville and Bognor Regis Town. Their first win came against Gosport Borough before they claimed a 2-1 victory over League One outfit Coventry City. National League side Woking were then beaten 2-0 and finally, the Blues went away to Gillingham and held them to a goalless draw.

Are you excited/disappointed by the transfer activity over the summer?
Paul Cook's arrival as manager from Chesterfield has brought about upheaval among the playing staff and it's hard not to get excited about some of the new arrivals. Cook started with clearing the deadwood from last season with hardly any players remaining from those that slumped to the club's lowest ever league finish. The majority of the additions have arrived from higher leagues and having experienced promotion already in their career, so this bodes well for the upcoming campaign.

Who is your danger man?
As evident by the result against the Daggers at the weekend, Portsmouth played as a team for once and worked in cohesion with one another. There were still some stand-out players with Kyle Bennett, a pacey attacking midfielder, scoring two great goals. Gary Roberts, who followed Cook from Chesterfield, is another to watch out for and showed some of his class in Saturday's 3-0 win. And not to mention Matt Tubbs, last season's top goalscorer in League Two.

And who do you think you need to watch for The Rams?
Watching from the outside, I think that Derby have done some excellent business over recent months. Tom Ince is a fantastic young player, Darren Bent is a natural goalscorer and Andi Weimann has only just dropped down from the Premier League. Then there's the likes of Jason Shackell in defence, the extremely promising Will Hughes and Johnny Russell, who also looks a big threat with his pace. The Rams have built a very, very strong squad for the Championship.

What are you expectations for the season?
After the past two seasons of disappointment, it has to be promotion this time around. Portsmouth shouldn't be in League Two but even worse is that we have failed to even come close to mounting a challenge in previous years. Everyone from the club, including the chairman and manager, has stated that promotion is the target and I honestly think that that is within our reach.

And finally what is your prediction for the match?
It's likely that both teams won't field their strongest line-ups and I would expect that Derby will just have too much for Pompey.

Portsmouth 1-2 Derby

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Writer: MikeC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 11 2015

Time: 7:19PM

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