Portsmouth v Derby preview

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Portsmouth and Derby at Fratton Park.

Last Updated: 04/02/11 at 12:52

Hreidarsson: Retains left-back spot

Hreidarsson: Retains left-back spot

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Portsmouth will be without Carl Dickinson for the game.

The defender is facing a spell on the sidelines as he needs surgery to cure a knee problem.

Veteran Iceland international Hermann Hreidarsson deputised at left-back at QPR on Tuesday night, only his second start of the season following a career-threatening Achilles injury, and looks set to keep his place.

Boss Steve Cotterill could name an unchanged side despite the 2-0 defeat, although he may opt to hand Kanu a start after resting the Nigerian striker in midweek.

Midfielders Richard Hughes and Michael Brown are still unavailable due to their contract disputes and striker Danny Webber remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Robbie Savage could return to the Derby line-up.

The veteran midfielder, who this week announced that he will retire at the end of the season, was an unused substitute as the Rams lost 2-1 at home to Ipswich in midweek.

It was a ninth defeat in 11 matches in all competitions for Nigel Clough's team and the manager could make changes.

However, with Dean Leacock still suspended and fellow defenders Russell Anderson (calf) and Jake Buxton (back and groin) still recovering from injury, Clough's options are limited.

Midfielder Tomasz Cywka and forward Steve Davies, late substitutes against Ipswich, could be recalled, while youngsters Conor Doyle, Ben Pringle and Jeff Hendrick are also available.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Women's Football: England beat Wales 4-0 to make World Cup

England's women secured their place in the 2015 World Cup courtesy of an emphatic 4-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Transfer News: QPR sign Eduardo Vargas from Napoli on loan

Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of Eduardo Vargas from Napoli on a season-long loan deal.

Roy Hodgson says England youngsters should try their luck overseas in future

Roy Hodgson feels future generations of England stars would benefit from going overseas rather than being bit-part players at home.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property