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Everton crucial, not quite defining

Everton crucial, not quite defining

The game with Everton at the weekend is potential as close to a 'season defining' fixture as it can be without it not quite - 100% - being make or break whatever way it goes - but it is very close to that, well in my opinion anyway...

Everton are currently in 4th place, 6pts ahead of us so defeat would stretch them to a lead that I do not think we could catch and overturn to be honest, so avoiding defeat is very important to our season, a point would be a good return, all 3 would be fantastic and would well and truly leave us in the European hunt and not for merely a uefa cup place either!

We have one of the best away records in the league, so going to Goodison Park and winning would not surprise me, but they are yet to concede a league goal at home since the turn of the year so this makes the job appear that much harder - but with all due respect to Everton, and the teams they have played they have not really been tested so far in 2008, so if we can be at the top of our game we will provide that stern test, we could then be able can score, and we could win.

I have this feeling it is going to be a cracking game fellas, so it is just as well it is on the box, so those of us that cannot make it up to Merseyside can watch it that way - victory and the dreams of that final champions league place let alone a uefa cup place remain alive, defeat and the champions league dream will remain just that, a dream, but the uefa cup would still be possible, a draw and all bets are still on...

If this fixture is not exactly a season definer then the one with Villa in a couple of weeks almost certainly will be, 'if' we could come away with a return of 6pts from these games then potential the world is our lobster!

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday February 27 2008
Time: 7:57AM

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It's gonna be a tough one this game and I think the game hinges on Evertons attitude. Knowing how Pompey can hurt them on the break do they (not play for) but settle for a draw as opposed to risk everything to come away with the win or nothing having been hit by Pompey on the break. My guess it that they will play for the three points, they are in a strong position, can cement fourth with a win and also see off our challenge all in one game... BUT .. if their attack breaks down we can hit them with speed and Lescott apart I'm not sure they'll cope .. It's gonna be a cracker and if the real Pompey turn up we can at least get a point... I wouldn't be surprised to see a return to the 4-5-1 with Utaka providing some speed on the right... Hold tight fellas we are in for a ride ...
Chix
27/02/2008 08:25:00
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yep, I see us 4-5-1 too, but Yak used the left wing well against City and I don't fancy Utaka to do much to stop him if he tries that again - in saying that Glen will be there to cover. It's essential Lassie and Muntari get it together, I think they need to improve as a unit - Muntari is quoted as saying the same thing too.
ChrisW
27/02/2008 08:47:00
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We've had 10 clean sheets in the last 13, which incidentally is the exact period Phil Jagielka has been in the team. We don't concede many, and with Yakubu we'll always likely to at least nick a goal. I fancy us to beat you, and pretty much guarantee finishing above you. Ideally we'll win and Chelsea lose this weekend to drag them into are little battle. Got a horrible feeling those Norwegians will win the CL again and give up on the league placings.
EvertonMike
27/02/2008 08:47:00
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This will be as tough as it gets. Away to Everton isn't easy at the best of times. Even last season were stuffed 3-0 in late April. They are flying & we are stuttering. I think we will get more points than last season but even that may not be enough for a euro spot. With Villa at home & Spurs away to come it will be a hard month. We will still be in with a shout at the end of March but will it be a sqeak or a loud bark?
storagematt
27/02/2008 09:24:00
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It's going to be hard this one lads. I'm going for a close 1-1 draw with both team attacking and will be really pleased with the result. I still think Everton will take 4th spot but hope if we can draw and then beat villa 5th spot looks achievable.
imazav
27/02/2008 09:25:00
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Yak will have trouble. He won't be able to use his size to get through the defence and he doesn't have the speed. Cahill is a bigger danger. Evertons biggest problem is going to be handling the pace if Defoe gets going and Diarra and Muntari come in behind him.
frattonaussie
27/02/2008 09:27:00
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storagematt, take a look at the Crystal Balls post in the Portsmouth forum.
ChrisW
27/02/2008 09:34:00
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Evertonmike, you are doing well no doubts there, but I can't see the form continuing til the end of the season and Yak will probably have a few off games like he always does - good luck in any case.
ChrisW
27/02/2008 09:45:00
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ChrisW. Saw the forum predictions. I think you're all close to where we may end up. Not sure how you get the fixtures up to do my predictions?
storagematt
27/02/2008 10:56:00
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Matt, send me your changes against my original predictions and I will upload (as long as there are not too many)... ok?
ChrisW
27/02/2008 11:22:00
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