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Chelsea v pompey


Stamford Bridge



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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.

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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

Date:Sunday August 17 2008
Time: 12:13PM


Don't know what to expect Today, the journos are stirring things up again, but I fancy us to get a point
17/08/2008 12:15:00
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!
17/08/2008 12:18:00
Hears to a good game for the start of the season lads!
17/08/2008 12:27:00
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!
17/08/2008 12:33:00
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.
17/08/2008 12:54:00
It's finally here let's get it on, Kaboul to start in mid field,that surprised me
17/08/2008 13:07:00
merlin sadly your wish came true, well for Jamo's standards anyway.
17/08/2008 16:09:00
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.
17/08/2008 16:56:00
We always get beat there, but never by 4!!!!
17/08/2008 18:00:00
Looks like Merlin was spot on.
17/08/2008 19:19:00
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