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Pompey V Watford

Pompey V Watford


Watford roll into Fratton come Saturday, a regular fixture ten years ago, but this time the stakes are a lot higher, in seasons past it used to be a mid-table meeting in the then Division 1, but now it`s the Premiership. Who could have forecast that back then?

Watford proved their worth last season, gaining promotion impressively over better equipped sides, a bit like ourselves when we charged up the table when highly un-fancied. The last time we met the Hornets stuffed us in the League cup after we had high hopes of progressing, so anyone looking at this as home banker had better look again.

Marlon King is missing long term after impressing last season, and so far goals have been hard to come by, just the nine so far in twelve premiership matches.

Ben Foster will be between the sticks at one end and England rival Jamo at the other, both will be hoping to show McClaren who is top dog, but you can bet your life the England supremo
will again be absent at Fratton, why change the habits that he and Sven before him stick to so well.

Glen Johnson will be sorely missed at right back again, if he ever pulls on the Pompey shirt again remains to be seen, but to be fair I thought Pamarot deputised ably against Fulham and hopefully can take a leap forward in his quest for the defensive slot. Gary O`neil looks a doubt, although he is starting light training again. If he is unfit, Kranjcar will be hoping for a rare starting place after again impressing for Croatia in Israel. Benjani is also still struggling with a niggle, as is Cole, last weeks goal hero, so both will probably feature on the bench.

So Lua Lua up front again? He still remains an enigma, when on form he can be devastating, when he is not, he is frustrating and infuriating in equal measures, and it seems bizarre that after a couple of seasons as a cult hero, a few fans would like to see the back of him.

Saturday will prove a lot to Pompey fans, we win and maybe we can look to sitting in the European spots, lose or draw and it will show we still have a very long way to go. No disrespect to Watford but teams like themselves should be brushed aside by European qualifying sides, as if you look at the table, Wigan stand out as the only team in the top ten we have actually beaten.

So, come Saturday night will it be eyes to Europe or eyes down, its up to you Pompey

Play up Pompey!


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Date:Friday November 17 2006
Time: 7:05PM

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Home win - no doubt about it!
17/11/2006 19:34:00
Though I was very glad to see Watford gain the play off win to stop 'Dirty' Leeds coming up, no mercy for tomorrow. Let's hope all this rain will allow us to play them off the park. And hope again we turn the chances into goals. We should have enough even without a fully fit first team. Home win.
17/11/2006 19:50:00
"In seasons past it used to be a mid-table meeting in the then Division 1" Don't make me laugh, Pompey were never a mid-table team in Div 1. Apart from our promotion year we struggled like F*ck to stay in Div 1. What season did you watch us become a mid table team with Watford, Vital
17/11/2006 22:49:00
Reading are a much better equiped team at staying in the Premiership than Sheff Utd & Watford. I can see a 3 nil hiding for Watford. Thay don't play with flare like Reading do and we destroyed them at Fratton Park with a great performance.
17/11/2006 22:52:00
Plus we owe then a hiding for dumping us out of the cup at Vicarage Road when we had Monsuier Perrin at the helm
17/11/2006 22:54:00
Certainly won't me a gimme match. I looked into the crystal ball and once again it told me a 2-1 result with a late Watford consolation. On looking closer it tells me that an O.G. comes up but not sure at what end. Dejan ?
17/11/2006 23:21:00
I can see a 3-0 scoreline to Pompey but i'd take a 1-0 win even the goal can be scored by Watford in there own net as long as we win.
17/11/2006 23:30:00
Don't give a rats arse what the scoreline is so long as we end up getting three points! Anything less and those passports people might have started dusting down may as well be put back on top of the wardrobe to gather more dust! It's not going to be an easy game (as I've said before you don't get them in the top flight) but no disrespect to Watford on paper we won't get many "easier" games at home this season, its got to be three points...
17/11/2006 23:53:00
Yeah - Point 1 We must score more goals. Point 2 We must defend like we did earlier in the season. Point 3 Lua Lua must pass the ball to someone else to score. There you have it 3 points already....
18/11/2006 01:41:00
I always feel we are going to score now, so if we keep a cleansheet we'll win for sure... Getting LuaLua to pass will be he hardest thing...
18/11/2006 09:48:00
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