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You have to go back to 1981 for Burnley’s last win at Portsmouth and the hosts will be desperate to keep that run going at Fratton Park – Gavin Beech gives you his tips and all the BestPrice betting.

Stuttgart manager Marcus Babbel has disciplined another of his players with Jens Lehmann the latest to get on the wrong side of the coach.

Days after he stripped Thomas Hitzlsperger of the captaincy Babbel admitted he had taken action against his goalkeeper.

The 40-year-old is thought to have taken extra-time with his family instead of returning to training with the club.

“The comforts of life are over for now, we are in a precarious situation and leisure and family has to bow to our dangerous situation,” Babbel told Stuttgarter Zeitung.

Meanwhile Hitzlsperger admitted that the decision to strip him of the captaincy was for the good of the team.

“This is definitely a tough decision, but looking at the facts currently everything needs only to be because of Vfb Stuttgart,” he stated.

“Everyone needs to give up his own interests for the success of the team. Everyone is required to do his best for the team’s cause.”

Meanwhile new captain Matthieu Delpierre was keen to reiterate his manager’s message.

“We have been getting into a very precarious situation and we can only get out of this if we are acting as a team on the pitch,” he declared.

“We are currently heading to have a very important fixture, playing Bochum this Saturday. We have to win this match, no matter what.”

You have to go back to 1981 for Burnley’s last win at Portsmouth and the hosts will be desperate to keep that run going at Fratton Park – Gavin Beech gives you his tips and all the BestPrice betting.

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