By Nick Teale

Portsmouth are a team in need of a turnaround in fortunes; they're bottom of the Premier League with just 14 points at the season's halfway mark.
 
Avram Grant is the man charged with the task of keeping Pompey in the top flight and as the Portsmouth Evening News' Neil Allen explains, the former Chelsea manager has already made an impact.

FOCUS - REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
"They picked up seven points in their four games before Christmas which was a first for the season. With Paul Hart they got seven points from 13 games but under Grant they seem to have hit the ground running and they've put in some good performances too. It's certainly looking more optimistic than it did a month ago. Pompey aren't too far adrift in the Premier League at the moment [four points off 17th place] so there is a lot of hope there."

FOCUS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN

CAUSE FOR CONCERN
"The transfer window is going to be key for Portsmouth. They could be without four players during the Africa Cup of Nations so it's going to be about how they replace those guys and they need to add to the squad anyway. We aren't sure how much money will be available so it will be make or break in January. Grant has spoken about how he would like to bring a few players in but they are in a precarious financial situation at the moment."

FOCUS - IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL

IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"At Fratton Park Portsmouth are capable of springing shocks in the Premier League. We saw that just recently against Liverpool. They will take the belief into the Arsenal game that anything is possible at Fratton Park and that is ultimately what could keep them up."

FOCUS - THE ONE TO WATCH

THE ONE TO WATCH
"At the moment they have players like Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jamie O'Hara who have been outstanding. Frederic Piquionne has been serving as a lone striker and he has scored two goals in three games and seems to be hitting a bit of form at the moment."

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