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Michael Taylor 6th Feb 2009 - 14:04

Adams refuses to jump from sinking Pompey

Under-fire Portsmouth boss Tony Adams has brushed aside calls to quit despite seeing his side slip perilously close to the relegation zone following a dismal 3-0 battering against Fulham last week.

And while Adams commitment to the cause is commendable it appears that his unwillingness to step down may ultimately result in Portsmouth dropping down to the Championship.

Pompey are in disarray as they prepare for the visit of Liverpool to Fratton Park on Saturday evening and, if results earlier in the day go against them, they could kick-off the game bottom of the Premier League.

Adams said in the aftermath of the defeat at Craven Cottage, "I'll pick us up and get on with the next game. I don't run away.

"I'll fight and these players have to fight and stay together. It's a scrap, but I'll be scrapping."

But is Adams really the man to lead the 2008 FA Cup champions to safety? The Portsmouth fans certainly don't seem to think so and it is easy to see where they are coming from.

The former England captain has overseen a revolution in his short time with the club, leading them from 7th back in late October right down to 16th, two points from the bottom, just three months later.

To make matters even more depressing, Jermaine Defoe followed Harry Redknapp to Spurs, Lassana Diarra was shipped off to Real Madrid and, all the while, their FA Cup defence was ended with a miserable 2-0 home defeat to Championship side Swansea.

It all adds up to trouble for Adams, and while he couldn't do anything about players leaving, his tactical knowledge has been called into question on numerous occasions, especially after eight Premier League games without threatening a win.

Pompey are 4/1 chances to beat Liverpool, with Liverpool odds-on at 7/10 and the draw 13/5, and there does look to be only one place to put your money - straight on Rafa Benitez's inconsistent reds!

Fernando Torres was in fantastic form last week against Chelsea netting his first double of the season and the Spanish hot-shot must be relishing the prospect of facing Portsmouth's newly disorganised defence - Torres is a great chance for grabbing the first of goal of the game at 11/4.

And, despite Robbie Keane's departure, Liverpool boast easily enough firepower to bury Pompey without much trouble while the Reds are defensively as strong as any team in the Premier League.

With this is mind the 6/5 about Liverpool to win to nil could be the bet of the game especially as the likes of Carragher and Reina know all about the threat posed by Portsmouth's star striker Peter Crouch.

Liverpool's only real concern is how the loss of Steven Gerrard will affect them over the next three weeks but, in Albert Reira, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso, there is still a mismatch with Portsmouth in the middle of the park.

In terms of correct score betting, you have to fancy Liverpool, as I said earlier, to keep a clean sheet, meaning it is about how many they can put past David James.

The 11/2 about Liverpool winning 2-0 looks tempting, although the Reds have had their own problems of late and would be more than happy to settle for 1-0 victory - priced at 5/1.

And wouldn't it just be typical if Adams misery was to continue with a 1-0 loss...the very thing that turned him into a football legend!

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