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Manchester City vs. Pompey

Eastlands

20/4/08

16:00

On Sky

City v Pompey

Old faces meet the new on Sunday, Benjani will finally get to say goodbye to his adoring Pompey fans.

Vital Quotes:

Sven is in familiar territory again this week, Frank Shinawatra has spoken out and told of his disappointment at Citys' performance over the final half of the season, bit like being the England boss again eh Sven?
City have certainly faded off the European radar since the turn of the year, they were in contention for a Champions league spot for a while, but even the UEFA cup looks a distant dream now. In fact only the Manchester derby win has kept the City faithful on a high.
To be fair though, City have made strides this term, one more point and they will have surpassed any previous tally in the Premiership so far.

Manchester City Team News:

Micah Richards is recovering fast from his knee op, but not fast enough to figure tomorrow, Onuoha is out for the rest of the season after popping his shoulder.
Joe Hart should be fit after taking a whack against Sunderland, so Jamo can face up to another rival for his No1 spot for England once more.

Player to watch: Benjani

Big Benj has struggled for goals since his deadline day (extension permitting) switch, but we know all about his commitment and energy, he will cover every blade of grass in pursuit of another City goal to add to the one against rivals United.
He promised no celebration if he were to score against his old mates, hopefully Sol and Jamo can combine to make sure he is not even tempted.

Pompey Team News:

Utaka the otter is back in full training, Diarra and Aubey have also returned to full fitness, but Diarra looks like he will be the only one walking straight back into the team, probably at the expense of Davis, but after last weeks showing Muntari may make way.
Baros is another who looks to have shaken off his knock, he will contest with Kanu and Nugent to partner Defoe up front.

Player to watch: Distin

Defoe is our obvious threat at the other end of the pitch, but Distin takes his classy defensive skills back to Eastlands to show them what they are missing, he may get a mixed reception after walking out on them last year to join Pompey, but few City fans would not welcome him back into their side.

Match Facts & Stats

You have to go back to the sixties for a last Pompey win away to City, but how many times have Pompey put a stat like that to bed this season?

Ref Watch:

Andre Marriner

Match Prediction:

City have only lost 3 at home this term, but Pompey are away day specialists, what price on another hoodoo laid to rest? place your scores here.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn next Sunday at Fratton




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 19 2008

Time: 9:17PM

Your Comments

They had a good win at Sunderland last week but other than that not alot. There for the taking if we want it bad enough.
storagematt
I'm thinking it'll be a bore draw, I think we're all riding on a crest of a wave, and have the rose coloured specks on. Citeh are not that easy to turn over at home, Well organised, superb defensively, and I just think we will play into their hands with our lone striker and counter attack
pentonpompey
i think it'll be an entertaining game - but maybe this is in hope as im just about to leave to go to the game, so thats what i want... pompey to win 3-1 i reckon!
pompeyrug
Distin will get a rough reception, Benji a great one. Not won there since August 1963 and not had an away draw since the first day of season! Prediction who knows?
eastneydave
1963 was another time we were in decline, now we are on the up, remember we never had a win at Old Trafford or Newcastle since th e 50's
paultsmouth
Optimistic of our chances today, we really need those three points and Citys' season seems to be drifting towards apathy (especially with Shinawatra making noises about Svens job). No doubt our travelling contingent will give Benji his familiar chorus, just hope he doesn't seize the opportunity to start finding the net again.
Tantona
i would previously have thought that svens job was one of the safest in the league. he had taken relegation strugglers, and converted them into european contenders. only the size of the squad held them back. but there win against sunderland, and the threats of shinowatra could tip the balance in there favour...
pompeycarpet
It's half time, we are 2-1 down and down to 10 men, the midfield is having a nightmare, I still think we will get something!!
paultsmouth
we will a 3-1 defeat:-(
pentonpompey
All in all, not too gutted, we battled hard, had bad luck and no-one got injured, and I have never seen a more gutted goalscorer since Denis Law back-heeled Man U to relegation
paultsmouth
No point in over critising. A few looked tired, some awful individual errors. Benji was class & some decisions didn't go our way. Time to iron out these things before the cup final. You can kiss 5th goodbye which may not be a bad thing.
storagematt
Strange performance midfield knocked the ball around and then gave it away cheaply. Some bad errors and poor finishing added up to a bad day at the office.
eastneydave
i think the only positive was probably utaka.lauren,muntari,diarra,distin done oky.We need to get rid of campbell he is too old and slow and it stands out a mile.All the others were shocking.the 4-5-1 formation doesn't suit defoe !
stfc ballboy
we are always carp at citeh ... there was hope to beat them but letting in 1 is ok, 2 in the space of 2 minutes just was too much!!! campbell sounded like he had a howler... but although its the prem, no 1 can be perfect every game *unless your name is cristiano ronaldo*
pompey--pessimist
stfc, Utaka looked interested today, that's a start! Diarra gave the ball away more than he has in all his other Pompey games put together! Thought Sol sold Jamo short for their first, surely he should take responsibility and just clear the damn thing? Defoe looked so isolated, didnt he!
pompey4me
"Distin done okay…"? You sure about that. Benjani had Sol and Sylvain in the palm of his hand and was always going to be the case. I can't complain though, we've had one too many lucky games this year and this I suppose was our comeuppance.
stillthewhizz
 

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