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Pompey vs. Aston Villa

Fratton

15/3/08

15:00

Pompey v Villans

Pompey welcome Villa to Fratton tomorrow, in what might have been a Euro play-off.

Vital Quotes:

The thing is with this season, the Euro places won't be going down to 7th place, to qualify in the league this year you will need to come 5th at worst.

I'll promise not to hark on about the cup, but it really does look our best chance of Europe.

Villa have been in fine form since December, in fact since Pompey won on their patch, Muntari did did the damage that day with 2 long range screamers.

Pompey Team News:

No new injury worries for Pompey, Mendes may make way for the return of Diarra, but he could oust Diop, who to be fair looked a little jaded himself second-half.
Kanu may have said that he is no super sub, but I see him as just that, and if Baros gets dropped after his midweek showing, their will be more than a few raised eyebrows.
Campbell is the only slight doubt with a knee knock, but should make the 11.

Player to watch: Baros

After 7 blanks, who better to break your duck against? Every player likes to score against their old club, Mr.Baros over to you Sir.

Aston Villa Team News:

Villa slipped up a bit midweek, both managers admitted it didn't look like a penalty, but Barry wasn't as forgiving from the spot. Big John Carew has been finding the net in spurts all season, so hopefully it will be one of the barren gaps at Fratton. Handsome Harewood will be hoping to start after his half-time arrival midweek.

Player to watch: Young

Ashley Young settled straight into Premiership football with Watford and has taken greater strides after surfacing at Villa last January, now an England squad regular he has pace and skill to hurt opposing defenders.

Match Facts & Stats

3-1 it was at Villa, Pompey never actually played that well, but Muntari had his shooting boots on. that day and made all the difference

Match Prediction:

Place a well educated guess on the forum here.

Next Fixtures:

Away to Defoes old mates at White Hart lane next week.




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Date:Friday March 14 2008

Time: 11:06PM

Your Comments

Another 3 please Pompey!
paultsmouth
I would settle for that it any way we can get them. 6 pointers for a euro place were things we only dreamed of years ago though weren't they? PUP
eastneydave
Dave, over to you to give them a cheer for me, giving up my seat today to go see England Ireland at Twickenham, My boys are being taken tho.
pompey4me
This one is a tough one to call. Both teams have good players and players the opposition wouldn't mind in their squad.. I mean would we turn down Barry, Carew, Abonxyz, Laursen or Ashley Young ?? We've just as many as they would like ... its a good match of managers. players and passion tomorrow.. I hope we come out on top..
Chix
pompey and aston villa are in similar situations. last season, they finished in about the same place, and this year have made strides towards getting uefa cup football. i have a feeling though, that because villa didnt go on a mass recruiting spree over the summer and in january, all there players are completly settled in there positions, and have a good understanding with each other. that i think is something to get next season for pompey - but i also think it is one fo the reasons for our mid-season slip up...(and also why we will loose!)
pompeycarpet
We had great game last season 2-2. Should be another although their desire to get 5th may give them an edge 'cause you can't help feeling we all have one eye on the cup. Probable draw.
storagematt
i reckon were in for a belter today, villa have to win, we want to win as we are looking to finish the season strongly... its tough to call but clearly i have to go with another pompey win, 3-1 today i reckon and baros will score...
pompeyrug
Well we didn't get the Baros goal but I though the played well again... a cracking result and what a goal by Defoe - He's a goal machine...
Chix
defoe is a goal machine, this is why i have - as have a few others including pompey4me - always been a 'defoeist'... baros seems to be getting better and better with each game played, hopefully that goal will come soon, but at this point in time im really hoping that we keep him, but if for some reason we dont then he could finish his pompey career in the best possible way - scoring the winner in the cup final!
pompeyrug
 

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