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Premiership Preview (09-11/09/06)

Pompey entertain Wigan as we aim to maintain our unbeaten start to the season as the Barclays Premiership gets underway again following the International break, what about the others...

Saturday 09/09/06
Arsenal v Middlesbrough, 15:00
William Gallas and Julio Baptista could make their Arsenal debuts, Gallas most likely in place of Johan Djourou who may not be fit enough anyway. Thomas Rosicky however is fit and should start. Only Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby, Lauren and Philippe Senderos are unavailable.

Jonathan Woodgate (who could have been turning out for Pompey had 'arry got his way) will make his debut for his hometown club replacing the injured Chris Riggot (ankle ligament). Fellow new arrival Jason Euell could start, but Robert Huth (ankle) misses out, as will Julio Arco, Ugo Ehiogu, Matthew Bates and Ray Parlour.

Bolton v Watford, 15:00
Nicolas Anelka (who needs Anelka when we`ve got Kanu!) will make his Bolton debut in place of the suspended Kevin Davies. Stelios Giannakopoulos picked up an injury playing for Greece so misses out. Another new arrival Andranik Teymourian could start, but long-term knee injuries rule out Ricardo Gardner and Joey O'Brien with makeshift left-back Henrik Pedersen (Achilles) struggling.

Having missed the game with his contracted club Manchester United, loan signing Ben Foster will return in the Watford goal. Having returned to the club Tommy Smith could make a second debut but Clark Carlisle (chest infection) misses out.

Chelsea v Charlton, 15:00
The Ashley Cole transfer saga finally ended on deadline day so he is likely to replace Wayne Bridge at left-back. A calf injury has seen Arjen Robben miss the last two Chelsea games so if he can`t return Soloman Kalou is likely to play.

An ankle injury caused Luke Young to pull out of the England squad but it is hopefully he will be fit to return. Hermann Hreidarsson is suspended so Souleymane Diawara could make his Charlton debut. Darren Ambrose (groin) will require a fitness test so Omar Pouso is on hand and could also debut.

Everton v Liverpool, 12:45
The first Merseyside derby of the season will see James McFadden (hamstring strain) miss out as he picked up an injury playing for Scotland. James Beattie will prove an able deputy stepping in to partner Andy Johnson.

Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise (both ankle) are still missing so Daniel Agger and Fabio Aurelio will keep their places. Mohamed Sissoko has recovered from his knee injury so could return.

Man Utd v Tottenham, 17:15
After missing the England games with a calf injury Gary Neville is fit to return for United. With both Alan Smith and Gabriel Heinze nearing a return this game will come just too soon. Defender Nemanja Vidic is still injured with Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney continuing their bans.

Dimitar Berbatov (groin strain) misses out so it will be two from the following three Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Mido, not bad options!

Newcastle v Fulham, 15:00
A hip injury forced Shola Ameobi to miss the last game but a quicker than expected recovery could see him return if he comes through a fitness test. Steven Taylor picked up a foot injury whilst representing England at U21 level and is therefore a doubt.

Michael Brown (knee) and Claus Jensen (calf strain) should both return from injury but Ahmad Elrich and Simon Elliott are still injured. Former Pompey loanee Wayne Routledge is set for a place on the bench.

Sheff Utd v Blackburn, 15:00
Claude Davis, Craig Short and Leigh Bromby could return to bolster the Sheff Untied defence; Phil Jagielka could fill in again if needed in central defence.

With the exception of Ryan Nelsen Blackburn have a full squad to choose from following the return from suspension of midfielder Tugay. New signing Shabani Nonda could make his debut, although it would be likely to come from the bench.

Sunday 10/09/06
West Ham v Aston Villa, 16:00
Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano will make their Hammers debuts following their amazing deadline day capture. John Pantsil (knee) will miss out so Tyrone Mears will fill in. Roy Carroll has a groin strain so England International Robert Green will also make his debut.

Having missed out on him ourselves Stilian Petrov will make his Villa debut with either Gavin McCann or Steven Davis missing out. Milan Baros is over his foot injury but is likely to be on the bench.

Monday 11/09/06
Reading v Man City, 20:00
After arriving from Aston Villa Ulises de la Cruz could make his Reading debut if Graeme Murty (knee) fails to recover in time. Following suspension Ibrahima Sonko returns but knee surgery rules out Sam Sodje with Dave Kitson also still unavailable.

Dietmar Hamann has recovered from injury so looks set for his Manchester City debut, with Hatem Trabelsi maybe handed a place on the bench. Stuart Pearce will have to do without Darius Vassell, Andreas Isaksson, Ben Thatcher and DaMarcus Beasley.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 8 2006

Time: 2:27PM

Your Comments

I hope Charlton have a tough game against Chelsea before we play them, and Bolton (game after Charlton) get a fright against Watford !
StuartM
Bolton a a tough game anyway let alone if they have been scared the week b4, but charlton should be an easyu game if chelsea thrash them, they're crap at bouncing back!
Westov
Charlton is a game I've fancy us to win whatever the outcome of our game today and Chartlon's with Chelsea. Bolton will be a tough game and I'd agree a defeat today will make no difference. I'd say we have a chance at remaining unbeaten from our next three, I'd take two wins and a draw...
pompeyrug
We then start our real test don't we, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea are all faced before Christmas. Come away from these games with 5 points and it'll be OK, 7 points would be fantasitc and anymore an absolute bonus...
pompeyrug
If we play to our strengths, then we've a god chance of winning IMO.
FEn_100
 

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