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Derby, Birmingham and Wigan - gulp!

Derby, Birmingham and Wigan - gulp!

Derby, Birmingham and Wigan are the teams staring at the relegation trapdoor this season! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from Et_tu_Pompeii's poll are not necessarily thoughts I completely disagree with.

We all, Harry Redknapp more than included, say how tough this season will be at the top end of the table, with a whole bundle of clubs believing they have a real shot at a European finish - but it is not all about the top is it, the scrap down the bottom should be equally as enthralling.

Derby are the team that would be most peoples first tip to go down, which with all due respect they will be heavily favoured to do, but good luck to them all the same.

Who the other teams will be, to be honest I am not quite sure as my thinking is that it is quite possible that the same number of teams that will think they can challenge for Europe will also be involved in the battle for survival, with some of the teams that think they can be in the top half, also being some of those that will quite possibly end up battling in the bottom half.

Pompey are not too good to go down, but my own view is that we well and truly turned that corner of looking over our shoulders week in week out, month in month out, season in season out when Pedro Mendes crucially scored his screamer to beat Man City during the 2005/06 season. Since then the only way has been up in my mind - and with our on the field, as well as off it progressions since then, this is so far proving the case.

What the poll asked - Sit down if you're going down! Who will be in the bottom three at the end of this season?

How you voted - Derby, Birmingham & Wigan 38%, Other 19%, Derby, Fulham & Wigan 15%, Derby, Middlesborough & Wigan 15%, Derby, Birmingham & Fulham 8%, Derby, Birmingham & Sunderland 4%, Derby, Birmingham & Bolton 1%, Derby, Fulham & Blackburn 0%

Current Poll - The season gets underway on Saturday with Pompey off to Pride Park, Derby. Several players give you the impression they could score, but who will get our goalscoring exploits underway this season - will it even start against Derby?

Even though we have not travelled well recently and Derby will be keen to start the season well you would expect Pompey to at least score once - wouldn't you? Who will this man be though to get our season going, this is what pentonpompey wants to know - 'who do you think will be the first player to score this season for Pompey?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday August 8 2007
Time: 11:10AM

Comments

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Under estimate us at your peril. With Koumas and without Jewell you are going to see a different Latics this season
worbo
08/08/2007 11:24:00
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Sorry worbo, i still think brummies and sunderland will escape, and losing baines is a big blow to Wigan. Koumas does not replace what the latics have lost so i still see them dropping along with fulham and derby.
russellm
08/08/2007 12:31:00
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Friend of mine had a chat with GAry Megson when he was Baggies manager about Koumas who he described as the laziest player he had ever coached. I think there will be a surprise team amongst the strugglers.
eastneydave
08/08/2007 12:38:00
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reading a few web sites it seems Deby's main aim is to not to lose on saturday so we could be facing a 10 man defence counter attack team. so it may be a lua lua Nugent starter pair
russellm
08/08/2007 12:41:00
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tbh i still am not quite sure who will join derby - who, lets face it really dont have much chance of staying up do they? i think sunderland will stay up and birmingham should do but at this point i have wigan - sorry worbo, boro, fulham, bolton and maybe even west ham as teams who might find it hard going, plus i dont know why but maybe everton...
pompeyrug
08/08/2007 12:44:00
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you can understand that cant you russ, altho 1st game back and at home i would want my team to show something tbh... but we have enough quality to create chances - we just have to take them.
pompeyrug
08/08/2007 12:46:00
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As for the new poll - Kranjcar will score first.
mattso
08/08/2007 13:20:00
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tbh mate im not even so sure that kranjcar will start on sat? so unless we dont score until he comes on then i think it will be someone else 1st - and my money will be on lua.
pompeyrug
08/08/2007 13:22:00
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Lua Lua should have featured in the Poll so I had to vote for the majority (other). Really Derby are already looking like a Watford (scrabbling - sorry scrambling, wrong choice of letters, there way to the Prem via the Play-offs) and not buying big name players. Don't get me wrong if they beat the odds they would have done extremely well. I have nothing personal against them but the fact that everyone, including me, keeps pencilling them in for the drop could help prove a catalyst against it. The worry is that no one is a safe bet to join them. Lawro made me laugh on BBC when he predicted that many sides would be in the EUFA Cup places when at the same time banishing sides to the bottom 6. Even Derby were tipped to finish in the bottom 6. I am sure the Rams supporters would take that rather than the bottom 3. Sorry Lawro but please be more specific with your final placings you prat !
pompeygray
08/08/2007 13:56:00
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Why Were'nt Pompey Listed In The options? :-)
horseworrier
08/08/2007 15:56:00
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