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North End v Pompey


Deepest of Dales



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Another 2 Premiership sides have crashed out, and 2 of the bigger ones as well, Liverpool and Arsenal won't have a trip to Wembley way this year, can Pompey come through their Goliaths battle with David unscathed?

Vital Quotes:

All the signs are that Pompey will be taking the challenge of Preston VERY seriously. Liverpool tinkered and paid the price to Barnsley, but Harry has promised no such underestimating from the blues.
There has been a lot of talk of omens this season, last time we beat Preston in the cup we won the lot, Diarra has yet to face defeat in a cup-tie in Britain. But it is all about how we perform on the day, that and how lucky you are, if you are to make the final. 69 years is a bloody long time though!

Preston Team News:

Sean St.Ledger the man with a horses name will miss out this one out, he is suspended, Mawene is hoping to step in. Neil Mellor the ex-Liverpool striker is hoping for a promotion from the bench, as is Richard Chaplow.
New 'keeper Szamotulski is in the wings waiting for a debut.

Player to watch: Ormerod

Ormerod has been around for years now, he has a pedigree in the cup, featuring for a team in red&white stripes in the final against Arsenal in 2003. He will be up for this one no doubt, its up to Pompey to keep him in his place on the day.

Pompey Team News:

Its an embarrassment of riches for Harry Redknapp again. All Africans are available for selection, only Defoe and Nugent look likely to miss out, the little one is cup-tied, and Nugent unlikely to figure after hernia surgery, this will hurt Nugent after his time at Preston, but he has an outside chance of the bench.
Distin should be fit to resume after hamstring trouble, this has come at a great time with Pamarot suffering medial ligament trouble at Bolton.
Aubrey turned in a fine performance at left-back when called upon, and he will contest Hreidarsson for the left-back spot. Glen Johnson should also return after missing the Bolton encounter for something trivial like fatherhood.

Player to watch: Baros

He has yet to hit the heights, Today may be the platform to showcase his talents, with lucky charm Diarra in the side, who knows what will happen?

Match Facts & Stats

1939, Pompey knocked out the then mighty P.N.E. in the quarters, the rest thay say is history, ancient history! For those supporting nowadays, 1992 was the nearest we have come since, time for another assault I say.

Match Prediction:

Then there were 4. Chelsea and Man U have already safely negotiated it through to the Quarter-final stage, can Middlesbrough and more significantly Pompey join them?

Next Fixtures:

Roy Keanes Sunderland make the trip to Fratton looking to do the double over Pompey (Yes, really!)

Date:Sunday February 17 2008
Time: 8:35AM


Allez les Blues!
17/02/2008 08:38:00
Have to win today. PNE have a good home record, having beaten Watford & WBA in recent weeks. For those of us who remember the cup run of 1992 like it was yeasterday this is the year to go one better. I understand the semi are at Wembley too. I've never been as I always said 'I would only go to Wembley once Pompey were there'. The trouble is said this 25 years ago & I'm still bleedin' waiting!!!!!!
17/02/2008 08:57:00
hope we dont win...last time we did, germany invaded poland...! oh, and diara has never lost ANY cup game, not just in england... but in all seriousness (if thats a word), we need to win this, as our form in the premiership has not been great of recent months, and particually if we can get a good draw in the next round, confidence will be sky high. and this is baross' chance to prove himself, lets hope makes it!
17/02/2008 08:59:00
Germany won't invade Poland again, they have all left!
17/02/2008 09:12:00
Surely a good chance of a cup final (draw permitting) is enough to motivate Pompey this afternoon. That, and the competition for places should ensure a solid performance. I predicted we wouldn't lose for the rest of the season so I have to go for us to win. Damn, just realised that would mean the cup final too. Don't let me down boys (boys, cuh!)
17/02/2008 09:17:00
It is a tricky tie but we have to go and boss it from the start. Reward could be a home quarter final draw with Bristol Rovers and then a semi at Wembley. PUP
17/02/2008 09:56:00
really, really have a strong feeling about us and the cup this season - as i told my sister yesterday not since my complete and utter confidence that we would stay up in our 1st premiership season when many, many others thought we would go down have i had such a strong feeling about something happening...

clearly we have to win today before anything, but i really feel we will, we might have the odd scare but i think we will safely get through as we wont make wholesale chances like rafa 'im in need of a new job soon' beneitez...

17/02/2008 10:33:00
Bad vibes about today, we have not been playing well enough of late. By forcasting a loss, I can only win. We either lose and I am right, or we win and I am thrilled. A draw does not count!!
17/02/2008 11:17:00
Don't know about your pessism 007, I've got cup fever, every time I think about it I get a tingling where I shouldn't!
17/02/2008 11:28:00
hope we win, could win the cup, should be interesting and i dont agree with the player to watch, i believe its either diarra or muntari but thats just me
17/02/2008 11:33:00
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