Plymouth – Portsmouth 14.08.2012
Plymouth Argyle will probably debut the new signings Rhys Griffiths and Johnny Gorman.
Griffiths signed contract after impressing after impressing on trial, and he is full committed with this first serious career on football. Gorman is on loan from Wolves and he will be in the club at least until January. Also the Argentine winger Andres Gurrieri may make his official debut being the first South American player of the club. The other new signing Jamie Lowry will fail his debut as he will be out at least until October due to an ankle ligament injury.
While Plymouth Argyle is ready to debut his new signings, Portsmouth will have to face them without a single senior player. As the club is still under administration, they are still waiting authorization to make contract with his trial players. Until the directive problem is solved, the club cannot sign new players.
The negotiations to stabilize the club are still running and the coach Michael Appelton is desperate. He has to choose a team for the Capital One Cup trip to Home Park. However, he can still sign players on loan up to three hours before the game kicks off at 7.45pm. The frustrations are being felt in the Fratton Park camp with this ‘crazy’ scenario. It’s crazy but it’s been crazy all summer. The staff of the club is simply lost in the middle of the news and no resolution at all. We are already used to this Portsmouth mess. Nothing is sure until total confirmation.
Match: Plymouth – Portsmouth 20.45h
League: England Capital One Cup
Our prediction: Home Win Odds: 1.85
Due to this, the preparation of the team is not good. The coach is still trying to find a competitive lineup to this game. The team at Plymouth will be the players at the club at the moment. No-one else has signed, so i suppose they could be the players for Plymouth. Total frustration for the staff and the supporters. It’s not been a nice time for anybody – the players, fans or staff. It is no longer a money question, is an administrative question. Portsmouth have a some triallists at the club who are waiting to for authorization to sign their contracts. There are also other layers in other clubs in negotiations with Portsmouth. How much longer this situation will continue is unknown.
Like this, and with all the respect for the youth team of Portsmouth, i think the Plymouth win HT/FT may be a very nice option to this game, still paying very nice odds. I think it worth a bet.