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Middlesborough vs. Pompey




'boro v Pompey

Pompey face a 'boro side tomorrow at 3 pm on a Saturday (yes, really!)

Vital Quotes:

'Boro are stll not officialy safe from the drop to the championship, but it would take a remarkable chain of results to send them down. Only a win against Derby in the last six games breaks up a run of defeats and draws, and in their last home match of the season they will be hoping to achieve the double over Pompey.

Middlesborough Team News:

Gary O'Neil is denied a chance to show Pompey what they are missing, a cartilage injury curtailed his season a couple of weeks back, his drive and verve on the right will no doubt be missed.
Mark Schwarzer returns after a couple of weeks nursing a back problem, he should replace fellow Aussie Brad Jones. Mido remains injured upfront,so it will be Tuncay and Alves again.
Perma-injured Robert Huth looks like sitting it out again also with a foot problem. Aliadiere's ankle has made enough progress for him to contend with Luke Cattermole for the right wing berth, hopefully ther will be no repeat of the violent attack on Mascherenho which rightly earned him a 3 match ban and the Argie psychologically scarred for life.

Player to watch: Alves

He was prolific in the Dutch leagues, but has yet to really find his feet so far in the Premiership, but what with re-emmergenance of his transfer saga with AZ, it maybe what he needs to fire him up.

Pompey Team News:

Jamo is still out along with Utaka, Jamie Ashdown will continue to deputise in goal, while Diop maybe asked to show off his sublime skill on the right wing again. Redknapp has more or less confirmed that Baros will start alongside Defoe upfront, so the favoured 4-5-1 away formation will be shelved for our final away game. Hreidarsson is available again after his ban, but he will have to usurp Lauren from the left-back slot. If Harry wants to rest anybody, Defence gives him littlest options, midfield however he has cover aplenty, Davis, Mendes, Hughes and Mvuemba are all available if anyone fancies putting their feet up in the middle.

Player to watch: Baros

The Czech has yet to register in the shirt of Blue, he is yet to be made a permanent offer, or clinch a starting place in 2 weeks in London.

Match Facts & Stats

Boro can become only the second side this season to achieve the double over us, they were the first to win at Fratton this season, and will be looking to cash in on Pompeys pre-occupied form of late.

Ref Watch:

Roger Milford (Bristol)

Match Prediction:

It's the last chance for Pompey to improve on a fantastic away season, but goals have dried up of late as the pre-cup nerves kick in, 'boro have been leaky though with -19 GD, place a punt here.

Next Fixtures:

Fulham at Fratton next week in our penultimate fixture of the season.

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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 2 2008

Time: 10:07PM

Your Comments

A draw for me, I still think a few will duck out of tackles in anticipation of the Cup
a loss for me - i dont think we are playing well at the moment...
Why oh Why don't we give Nugent a start playing up front with Defoe? He is still a youngster - it would do loads for his confidence. If he doesn't cut the mustard, THEN put Baros on.
i think that both nugent and baros should start tbh - im a massive defoe fan but he wont feature at wembley will he, there is a good chance these 2 willl...
anyway, back to the game - god at this rate by the time i go to be i'll be getting up again to leave for it! - ive got a good feeling we'll win... a long shot i know but i still have this sneeky feeling we could go into the final game still with a chance of 5th!
Defoe will start, trust me
we wont be not starting defoe...not after we paid so much for him!
If we get anything from this game it will be a bonus. No injuries, no red cards is the priority. Getting players fit & focusing some on the big game in 2 weeks time.
draw for me I think - possibly 2-2. Who plays up front is another question only HR can answer - for me it would be Defoe and Baros.
paul, you talk of our options in midfield if someone decides to put their feet up. I only hope that those selected will not put their feet up, as is often the case.
Up front Defoe & Baros, but Nugent given a run out too. Harry should rest Kanu as he knows exactly what he can do, some may say he needs a rest anyway, if 4-5-1 Baros with Defoe & Nugent on the bench gives plenty of options
Starting Line-ups 21 Ashdown 7 Hreidarsson 5 Johnson 15 Distin 23 Campbell 19 Kranjcar 8 Diop 6 Diarra 18 Mvuemba 9 Baros 14 Defoe Substitutes 31 Begovic 4 Lauren 22 Hughes 28 Davis 10 Nugent
nice to see mvuemba playing - has always looked good! other than that, no surprises really...maybe would have been nice to see nugent over baros, but maybe he will reverse the rolls at fulham to give them both a chance to prove themselves?
afternoon all; just got in from the garden
Tony I think you are talking to yourself but I agree.
Just got in from work, Bugger
To lose twice to spuds was bad enough, but to that lot,all together 'Bugger"
still, mvuemba looked good...
not long been back, just a few hours short of a 24 hours day now - and what a disgrace we were, absolutely shocking... too tired to say much else more, will do this tomorrow!
What a shocker
True Mvuemba is one positive, next season could see him shine, possible Harry could have him on the bench for Wembley

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