PORTSMOUTH - TOTTENHAM
The injury situation at Pompey has cleared up a bit and both Sol Campbell and Jermain Defoe will return to face their former club. However, after conceding 10 goals in the last seven days, it is unlikely that confidence will return as quickly and the defence has not looked solid for longer that one week ! Guimares caused them all kinds of problems at the back, once they decided to come out of their shell and I have no doubts that Spurs will get chances today. The visitors were mighty relieved to get a win in midweek, even if it did come at hapless Newcastle. They have a fine record in this fixture, winning six (one draw) of the last seven meetings and are desperate and motivated to get an opening league win. I have not given up on Spurs and feel that one really strong showing will kick start their season.
5.5 points Tottenham level ball 2.04 asian line.
BOLOGNA - SSC NAPOLI
Hosts have not won since the opening day victory at Milan and were dire in the 3-0 home defeat to Udinese in midweek, after which, their coach got the dreaded vote of confidence. They are without the suspended Miguel Britos and Salvatore Lanna, which means changing the backline around, which may not be an entirely bad thing. Obviously, I am sticking with Napoli here, who we have discussed several times recently,they are bursting with confidence, remain unbeaten and have a squad which allows rotation, without any loss of shape or ability. They are going to go very close to a top four finish and have to continue to collect points in fixtures like this. Let's just hope that this time they keep eleven players on the pitch, which they have failed to do in the two opening road games.
5.5 points Napoli level ball 2.08 asian line.