After a disappointing 4-0 loss to the Gibraltar national side on the astro-turf pitch at the weekend, Pompey return to the grass to face south-coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion in Jerez.
Pompey will be without trialist goalkeeper Simon Eastwood who picked up a small knock in training, and will likely be replaced by David Preece.
Trialist striker Luke Rodgers is also set to miss out through his respective knock, which could give a starting place to youngsters Dan Thompson or Ashley Harris, whilst Gibraltar’s Liam Walker has got a chance to impress in the game.
Another trialist, Jon Harley, will be coming up against his former Chelsea team-mate, Guy Poyet, now the Brighton manager.
The match is being played close to Brighton’s training base, at the Monte Castillo Barcelo resort, Ctra Arcos, km 6, 11406 Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz.
Pompey then lost again at The Amex Stadium, this time it was two goals from Vicente that downed the Blues – in fact Pompey haven’t beaten Brighton in the last four attempts, including a 3-1 loss at the old Withdean Stadium in the FA Cup – Pompey’s goal courtesy of now-TOWIE star Tom Kilbey.
However, all together on head-to-head things don’t look so bad. Pompey have won 15 and drawn 10 of the 38 encounters – meaning Brighton have the better hand with 18 wins.
After a disappointing display on a different surface last Friday, Pompey will be hoping their team of youngsters and trialists can get the upper-hand over the Seaweed and win their first game of the pre-season tour.
Possible Pompey line-up: Preece; Dumbuya, Magri (c), Webster, Harley; Sam, Walker, Howard, Lopez; McLeod, Harris
Possible Derby line-up: Kuszczak; Calderon, Greer, Dunk, Bruno; Harley, Sparrow, LuaLua, Vicente, Agdestein; Barnes