English Carling Cup Stevenage v Portsmouth Match Preview, Prediction and Tips

Carling CupThe first round of the Carling cup starts tonight at 19:45 UK time, as fallen giants Portsmouth visit League 2 team Stevenage. Could it be that giant killing starts with the first game? Read below our full match preview, complete with our tips and prediction.

Stevenage Team News

As if manager Graham Westley didn’t have enough to do trying to help his team adjust to finally being a professional team in the Football League, now he has the headache of trying to deal with a team that was a force in the Premier League just a few years ago. He has a full team to choose from, with the exceptions of Ashton and Bridge. It will be a pleasant headache though as not only are his team featured as the main game of the round (live on TV) but they actually have a chance to win against a Portsmouth team that has been decimated by financial debts and transfer embargos.

Portsmouth Team News

Portsmouth currently have 8 decent first team players, Moekena, Brown, Sonko, Nugent, Mullins, Hughes and Tommy Smith, that are surely championship quality. The problem is that’s all they have, in the loss to Coventry they had three midfielders at the back and two strikers in midfield!

On the bench they could only field four players the oldest 18. Imagine the teams delight, who had a horrific pre season in the US which included fielding 16 year olds, lost luggage and sleeping on the bus, when they found out they had to travel to tiny Stevenage for the Carling cup.

Betting tips

It’s the beauty of the cup. Stevenage are finally in the Football League, they had actually qualified for the football league in 1996 but were denied entry due to their stadium being inadequate. Now just a week into their campaign they have the chance to show off their new stadium live on TV against a perceived giant.

Portsmouth on the other hand are a sinking ship and their players should be more concerned in staying fit for any possible transfers then getting dirty for this cup encounter.

We recommend Stevenage to win @ 3 from William Hill

William Hill Sports has Stevenage at 1001 to win the Carling Cup.

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