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Magpies out for revenge





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Newcastle are all out to avenge probably their worst performance of the season, the 4-1 hiding back in November.

Vital Quotes:

Kevin Keegan has pointed the finger at Pompey's away romp back at the start of the Winter, as the low point of a low season. 3 goals down in quarter of an hour and St.James' was half empty, Pompey were in the middle of a fantastic away run and on their way to a first win in the North East since 1949, a year when we were Champions, maybe a year when we once again get some silverware?

Kevin Keegan has been giving out the plaudits to a man who almost pipped him to the Magpie post, Harry stayed loyal though, and has got a reward in the shape of a Wembley final.
Redknapp himself has been pointing to the fact that Owen, Viduka and Martins are all fit, this has certainly dragged them away from the drop zone, with 3 wins out of 3 pulling them well clear.

Pompey Team News:

Milan Baros is definitely out with a calf injury, Diarra looks like joining him with a dead leg, both injuries the legacy of a battle against West Brom.
Nugent got his hankered after start against West Ham, but with Defoe returning from St.Lucia will he hold on to his starting berth? Kanu replaced him in that match and is in line to start with Defoe tomorrow.

The right hand side of midfield is Pompey's achilles heel at the moment, Diop looks ill at ease out there, so maybe Lauren will step in and cover for a while, at least it is now plain why Utaka always got in even when off the boil!

Player to watch: Kranjcar

Defoe would be the obvious choice, but Niko has been a bit quiet of late, but the last couple of games has seen him start to bubble back up to the boil, and as the only one of the 4 scorers at St.James' to be fit, he is my one to watch.

Newcastle Team News:

Keegan looks like sticking with the 4-3-3 formation, all 3 strikers scored last week against Reading, Owen notching for the fourth game on the trot.
Joey Barton will face Mendes again after kicking him out of the game last year whilst at Man City, the Fratton faithful will no doubt remind of that if he plays.
Defensively, Taylor should have recovered to replace Edgar in the centre of defence, but Carr and Cacapa are out, the latter probably grateful after being torn apart on his debut against Pompey.
N'Zogbia is fit after sitting out the last 2, but may have to make do with warming the bench.

Player to watch: Viduka

Owen is banging them in again, but Viduka has always scored in flurries, when fit he is an asset, so Distin will have to again show Keegan and the Toon what they are missing.

Match Facts & Stats

The 4-1 win for Pompey in November is well documented, but is this a new Newcastle or another false dawn?

Ref Watch:

Phil Dowd

Match Prediction:

The Geordies will be optimistic of another win, but so were West Ham on Tuesday, will Defoe keep his run of scoring in every game at Fratton going? Place a guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Svens Man City at Eastlands

Date:Friday April 11 2008
Time: 5:33PM


Wow wee. Revenge. You'd think we had blown up their bridge. Slight KK over the top hype. Like we care what they think. They are safe, that suits them. We've got our cup final. Everbody is happy, well nearly!
11/04/2008 18:13:00
If i was harry my team 4 tomorrow would be : James Johnson Campbell Distin Aubey mvuemba Mendes/diop Muntari Kranjcar Defoe Nugent
stfc ballboy
11/04/2008 18:23:00
It's a long way to travel and I think they'll go home empty handed
11/04/2008 18:41:00
I think their cavalier approach may come unstuck at Fratton, we are the classic counter-attack team
11/04/2008 18:51:00
They stand a bit of a chance as we dont have diarra, a member of the secretive Illuminati. He can control others thoughts and bizarrely, also transform into a spider and a snake. There are around 200 of these people around in the world, and they are very powerful so we are born with an unexplaned fear of spiders and snakes, never squash a spider, if you kill an illuminati the others will send a dangerous disease to you. Diarra can also alter future events, so he can arrange that we win the cup before we even play. A characteristic of all Illuminati is that they are stubborn and must get thier own way, this is why diarra left chelsea and arsenal. He has made both arsenal and chelsea perform badly with his powers since he signed for us, so we must keep him at all costs. Of the 200, 140 are of african origin or from the polynesian area, we are attracting them, I was also told that GaŽl Nlundulu and Mbalu Sekekidgewe in our youth system are also Illuminati, this could be very good for us.
11/04/2008 19:40:00
I'll have a pint of what you're on No9.....:-)
11/04/2008 20:13:00
Cor blimey, I thought the lad was special.
11/04/2008 20:16:00
Ive put a tenner on us to win... shock... iam not at all a big fan of Baros although he would worry their shakey defence; but without Diarra i am worried about this one.... illuminatti apart; oh by the way no9 the illuminti were believers in factual science not mystic, who is as we all know a black lady soul singer :-)
11/04/2008 20:21:00
The men with whites coats are at your door No9.
11/04/2008 20:37:00
im worried. dont get me wrong - i think newcastle are brimming with confidence, have some amazing players (well, amazing player...) and are clearly on a role. BUT, i think that Kevin keagan (aka King Kev, or any of the other ridiculas names the "geordies" have thought up for the fluffy haired muppet) has a slight tactical...problem. he has clearly set out his team, as if he is playing 4-5-1 but then got a little confused, and got rid of the 3 wide midfielders, and made a very big ONE up front (consisting of 3 players). it will be intresting to see if this (aparantly tactical masterstroke) actually works against a decent defence, or if they all end up running ito the same (non existant) spaces, whilst leaving there fullbacks hopelessly unguarded... well, i guess only time will tell!
11/04/2008 21:51:00
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