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Premiership Preview (18-19/11/06)

Pompey entertain Watford in our latest Barclays Premiership match looking for nothing less than three points! What about the others…

Saturday 18/11/06
Arsenal v Newcastle, 15:00
Jens Lehmann (heavy cold), Freddie Ljungberg and Julio Baptista are all fit and should play at least some part in this match. One player that won't however will be Gilberto Silva who has returned to Brazil on a family matter.

Shay Given and Obafemi Martins seem set to return from injury for Newcastle but Emre (suspension) misses out. Shola Ameobi needs a hip operation but could play this match first. Stephen Carr, Titus Bramble and James Milner should be available though.

Chelsea v West Ham, 15:00
Carlo Cudicini will likely start ahead of Hilario again in goal but Salomon Kalou (leg injury) is doubtful for a second week running.

Nigel Reo-Coker missed the England U21 game in midweek but should be fit along with Bobby Zamora (ankle). West Ham also hope to have Anton Ferdinand (Achilles) back but James Collins (abductor injury) is a major doubt.

Everton v Bolton, 15:00
Influential midfielder Tim Cahill (knee) will be the main absentee for Everton but Tony Hibbert, Alessandro Pistone, Gary Naysmith and Paddy Boyle are also missing, whilst James McFadden is suspended. Nuno Valente, David Weir and Andy Van Der Meyde however are available for selection.

Ricardo Gardner and Joey O'Brien (both knee) are still missing with Quinton Fortune a doubt. Ricardo Vaz Te is expected to get over a minor calf injury sustained during the week to take his place in the squad.

Man City v Fulham, 12:45
Sun Jihai (hamstring) remains sidelined whilst Trevor Sinclair (knee) and DeMarcus Beasley (ankle) are doubtful for City.

Papa Bouba Diop should return to the starting eleven, possibly in place of Tomasz Radzinski following his midweek excursions with Canada.

Middlesbrough v Liverpool, 17:15
Stewart Downing, Lee Cattermole and Andrew Taylor will all undergo late assessments but Julio Arca (foot) is definitely available. Chris Riggott (ankle ligaments) and Ugo Ehiogu (Achilles) are returning to fitness but are unlikely to feature.

Luis Garcia (muscle injury) is a doubt so Boudewijn Zenden and Jermaine Pennant stand by to replace him. Steven Gerrard should move into the centre to replace the injured Mohamed Sissoko (dislocated shoulder).

Reading v Charlton, 15:00
Peter Mate, Aaron Brown and Simon Cox remain sidelined as does Dave Kitson, however the star forward is back in training. Captain Graeme Murty (shin) should return but American midfielder Bobby Convey (knee) will miss out.

New Charlton boss Les Reed is hopefully of having Darren Bent, Jerome Thomas and Dennis Rommedahl fit but will have to do without Amdy Faye (suspension) and possibly Radostin Kishishev and Souleymane Diawara (both hamstring).

Sheff Utd v Man Utd, 15:00
Danny Webber and Claude Davis will need to come through fitness tests to face in form United but Michael Tonge, Leigh Bromby and Steve Kabba look certain to miss out.

Gary Neville (calf) will return after recovering whilst Cristiano Ronaldo (ankle) is also available. Patrice Evra is likely to keep out Gabriel Heinze.

Sunday 19/11/06
Blackburn v Tottenham, 16:00
Robbie Savage (thigh) may return but Morten Gamst Pedersen (rib) is rated doubtful and may join the injured Lucas Neill (hamstring strain) and suspended Zurab Khizinashvilli.

Teemu Tainio is back although he might not feature, but Pascal Chimbonda, Calum Davenport, Anthony Gardner and Paul Stalteri are all doubtful, whilst Jermaine Jenas (calf) will miss out as will Aaron Lennon (knee) most likely.

Wigan v Aston Villa, 13:30
Emile Heskey (calf) and Captain Arjan De Zeeuw (toe) are highly unlikely to make it whilst Leighton Baines (calf) and David Cotterill (groin) look as though they'll also find it hard to make the game.

Villa have defensive problems so with Olof Mellberg switching to right back in place of Aaron Hughes (groin) Gary Cahill will partner Liam Ridgewell in central defence. Gavin McCann (suspension) is also out but Gareth Barry (back) should return.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 17 2006

Time: 11:21PM

Your Comments

Think Arsenal will beat Newcastle, but Villa and Bolton will draw their games, maybe even Wigan might do Villa as they are on form so we could (providing we beat Watford as we HAVE to!) end the weekend back in fourth...
pompeyrug
That's exactly how I see it rug. We could have been 3rd but will probably never head Arsenal again...so 4th will be best from now on in. We must go up to Newcastle with some confidence. It is not a good hunting ground for Pompey so we need to go there expecting something.
pompeygray
You never know we may go third (if we win of course and other results go our way!) as you can never tell with the geordies, maybe they'll surprise Arsenal, but I doubt it! If they did I'd believe even more we would go to St James' and win due to their inconsistency...
pompeyrug
I agree with you both of you and my thoughts are well documented on what will happen if we lose. We must not lose.
russellm
I think once all the shouting has finished, we'll have done fantastic to be close to 6-8th placed. The squad in very thin once the injuries & suspensions kick in. We are bl00dy amazing when we have our 1st choice 11. But now the expectations have been raised no doubt finishing 8th to some would seem like failure.
storagematt
good previews..some funny matches at the end of the day and nearly a couple of upsets.....
ernshaw
We'll the Geordies did surprise us and claimed a point so for now we sit pretty in third. If we stay in the top 3-6 then we'll have a much better chance of attracting higher quality players in January so if we do then a top 6 place finish could be achieved couldn't it...
pompeyrug
 

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