PORTLAND United boss Brendon King compared Solent University to a “box of chocolates” ahead of their Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division clash at the Weyline Stadium tonight (7.45pm).

King’s comment, taken from 90s film Forrest Gump, referred to the unpredictability surrounding the student team, whose strength often fluctuates wildly.

Speaking to Echosport, King admitted the Hampshire side has a “massive pool” of players to choose from.

He said: “They’re a really difficult side to play against, like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.

“Especially in midweek games with them, because they’ve got a massive pool to pick from.

“I don’t know if they want to travel down to Portland on a cold Tuesday night, but you never know.

“We’ve picked up some more injuries so we’ll see how the boys are. We’ll try and keep on going and keep chugging along.”

Commenting on the second-placed Blues’ run of six wins in six home league games, King said: “I haven’t really looked at that.

“All I know is that we had another two games we wanted to target. We had Saturday, (Solent) and Saturday – we want to pick up nine points. Albeit, it’s going to be hard, that’s our aim.”

Ed Bastick and Ryan McKechnie are minor injury doubts, but Sam Buckler (groin) is a long-term absentee. Josh Williams (hamstring) and Alex Godfrey (knee) are also doubtful.