Wolfsburg v Portsmouth preview
Portsmouth must win in Wolfsburg to realistically keep hopes of European progression alive.
Last Updated: 04/12/08 10:44am
Portsmouth must win in Wolfsburg in Group E of the Uefa Cup to realistically keep hopes of European progression alive.
The Premier League side head to the Volkswagen Arena, where Wolfsburg are unbeaten this season, with just a single point from their two matches so far to leave a place in the last 32 looking unlikely.
Last week, manager Tony Adams saw his side let slip a two-goal lead with six minutes remaining to draw with AC Milan at Fratton Park as Pompey threw away the chance to forget a 3-0 hammering at Braga in October.
The South Coast side also travel to Germany looking to record a first away win on the continent, leaving Adams facing an increasingly difficult task.
However, the Pompey boss hopes to be boosted by the return to action of fit-again centre-back Sol Campbell.
The former Tottenham and Arsenal star is set to be handed a first start in a month, along with creative linchpin Niko Kranjcar.
John Utaka (hip) and Lassana Diarra (ankle) missed last Saturday's victory over Blackburn, but midfielder Sean Davis could start after recovering from flu to hit the winner as a substitute at the weekend.
Wolfsburg will be in a determined mood as the Bundesliga side need only a point to book a spot in the knockout stages.
Coach Felix Magath will be without leading striker Grafite, who is still recovering from a head injury, while Makoto Hasebe is within a booking of a one-match ban.