UK time is: 13:38:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Chelsea vs. Pompey

Stamford Bridge

17/8/08

13:30

On Sky

Chelsea v pompey

The Premiership kicked off yesterday, Pompey get the chance to catch up at Chelsea today, a ground we have yet to get a point on.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey seem to have attracted a certain amount of doom and gloom in the last couple of weeks, everyone thinks we are skint, Mendes has gone North to balance the books, we might as well prepare for life in the Championship now!
Pompey surpassed expectations last year, first silverware for 50 odd years, top eight and European qualification, not bad really, Newcastle for all their support and millions would kill for it.

Pompey have bought in Peter Crouch over the summer, along with Glen Little, Younes Kaboul and now Jerome Thomas, outwards went Muntari and now Mendes, so how we strengthened or undermined the team?

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea enter their bright new dawn under Scolari with expectations of winning the Premier league again, many bookies make them favourites, and with Lampard and Deco running the midfield with Essien mopping up, they will certainloy have a formidable look about them.

Didier Drogba, a persistent thorn to pompey over the years will be missing with a knee injury, Boswinga is also on the side lines.
Upfront Anelka will be out to keep up his pre-season form, Shaun Wright-Phillips will probably get the chance to show Redknapp what he is missing.

Player to watch: Cech

Had a bit of an indifferent season last year, he made a couple of high profile errors after seem infallible before, if Chelsea are to regain the league title, his form will play a huge part.

Pompey Team News:

Upfront we will surely have both Defoe and Crouch, Crouch has a point to prove to Scolari after being dumped from the England squad, a debut goal wouldn't go amiss.
Midfield will be different to that of last week, Mendes' move has forced that, Diop may move over to the centre alongside Diarra allowing Utaka to slot back in on the right, that is of course unless Thomas has had a blinder in training!
Defensively Kaboul will probably have to wait for a little while to break into the centre, Campbell and Distin will hold on to their spots for a while, Hreidarsson can astound everyone again with his youthful outlook on the left for another season.
On the bench maybe interesting, after being embarrassed by a plethora of midfielders, we have lost both Sulley and Pedro, left to force their way in are the supposedly blacklisted Davis and Mvuemba, Thomas hopefull is going to provide the wing-play we crave.

Player to watch: James

Jamo continues to confound both age and the critics, if we are to break our hoodoo of no wins since 1953, the England number one will have to be on top form.

Match Facts & Stats

Well 1953 was the last time we had any success at the Bridge, but its a new manager for Chelsea, how they react remains to be see.

Ref Watch:

Spencer Percival

Match Prediction:

Long time for a win of any form against the other blues, but it was a long wait for an FA cup win as well, place your predictions here.

Next Fixtures:

After the runners up come the Champions at Fratton next Monday




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 17 2008

Time: 12:13PM

Your Comments

Don't know what to expect Today, the journos are stirring things up again, but I fancy us to get a point
paultsmouth
It's about time James had a poor game against us - he's not had one since he gifted Di Matteo the winner in the 2000 FA Cup Final!
merlin
Hears to a good game for the start of the season lads!
The_Legend_Of_Zola
im really up for this - i just hope that we are too... i would bite your arm off with offered a point, still have this feeling we will do 'em 2-1!
pompeyrug
Brain says we will lose as we always do there. The rest of me is hoping for a result. A draw would be great & a massive bonus.
storagematt
It's finally here let's get it on, Kaboul to start in mid field,that surprised me
pompeyyong
merlin sadly your wish came true, well for Jamo's standards anyway.
pompeyyong
We were sadly lacking in midfield, the loss of Muntari & Mendes showed, but whats up with Krunchie? Diarra didn't shine either, and what with Jamo's dodgy moments and the rest of the defence messing up - what a nightmare. I'm telling myself we will sort it out.
tracyc
We always get beat there, but never by 4!!!!
storagematt
Looks like Merlin was spot on.
sneakay
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

'Forgotten man' almost back! (Thursday October 30 2014)

Maloney's chance (Thursday October 30 2014)

On this day in history...30th October (Thursday October 30 2014)

On this day in history...29th October (Wednesday October 29 2014)

On this day in history...28th October (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Cup derby day for Pompey (Monday October 27 2014)

On this day in history...27th October (Monday October 27 2014)

On this day in history...26th October (Sunday October 26 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 164
2. storagematt 65
3. eastneydave 64
4. mslorna48 49
5. cornypomp 48
6. gentleman jim 38
7. Lemmi 38
8. pompeygray 35
9. Emsworthianblue 25
10. Pompeytim 22

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Cheltenham 15 6 4 5 -2 22
12. Cambridge 14 6 2 6 8 20
13. Wimbledon 15 5 5 5 -1 20
14. Portsmouth 15 5 5 5 -1 20
15. Stevenage 15 6 2 7 -3 20
16. Accrington 15 6 2 7 -4 20
17. Mansfield 15 5 4 6 -4 19

Breaking League News

'Forgotten man' almost back!
Portsmouth : 30/10/2014 12:38:00
Staniforth leaves Rovers
York : 30/10/2014 12:30:00
Tom Newey goes out on loan
Oxford : 30/10/2014 12:25:00
Maloney's chance
Portsmouth : 30/10/2014 12:08:00
Preview: Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe : 30/10/2014 11:53:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Shrewsbury?
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Jones 0%
Devera 0%
Chorley 50%
Robinson 0%
Shorey 0%
Wallace 50%
Dunne 0%
Hollands 0%
Holmes (79) 0%
Storey (70) 0%
Westcarr (58) 0%
Sub - Taylor (58) 0%
Sub - Atangana (70) 0%
Sub - Agyemang (79) 0%