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Pompey v Man U

P-ortsmouth
vs.
Man U

Fratton Park

25/8/08

20:00

On Sky

Pompey get the chance to appease for last weeks debacle at Stamford Bridge, against none other than old foes Man utd, tonight at the park.

Vital Quotes:

To be frank, last week we were bloody awful against a Chelsea side who were on top form, getting anything at the Bridge was a tall order anyway, but to under-perform was a lost cause straight away.
Tonight won't be any easier, Man Utd had a dissapointing start themselves last week, only drawing to a committed Newcastle side at Old Trafford.

In early press we have had Ryan Giggs saying only a win will do at Fratton, while Vidic has been praising the virtues of both Crouch and Defoe, backing both to come good sooner rather than later.
On the Pompey front its a case of does Traore step straight in and give the side a lift.

P-ortsmouth Team News:

Pompey will be forced into at least one change tonight, Niko Kranjcar was injured on international duty wednesday and will not figure, Glen Little,fit again and newly signed Jerome Thomas will vie for that berth.
You can count on Defoe and Crouch to start up front, Ben Sahar will have to strain at the tether a little while longer.
Defensively its only Hreidarsson who looks under threat at the moment, Traore's arrival at last gives competition at left-back. Younes Kaboul didn't look too fit last week, I reckon he will sit on the bench for this one, but any frailties in the middle of defence and he could come on sooner rather than later.
In midfield, Davis, Hughes and Little have all returned to full training, as I said, Kranjcar's injury has necessitated a change on the left, I feel Diop may slip back into the middle with Utaka replacing him on the right, whoever can display the greater fitness will get in on the left, Thomas is my bet.

Player to watch: Campbell

His performances are starting to slowly ebb away, that is clear, time is catching him, but he always performed in the big games last year, we need big Sol for this one.

Man U Team News:

Man Utd's midfield has been all but wiped out by injury and suspension, Nani is ruled out by the latter, Anderson has only just returned from Beijing, Carrick crocked, and Hargreaves and Park just back in training.
Looks like old man Scholes must do it all himself again!

Player to watch: Rooney

He needs a performance after falling flat last week both for Utd and England, he is hardly a favourite at Fratton after his antics from his Everton days, how he curtails his temper and channels it tonight could have a big part to play.

Match Facts & Stats

Charity shield lost on pens, Nigeria lost 2-1, but the last real competive game belonged to us, Muntari blasting home a penalty in the quarter finals at Old Trafford.
At home our record isn't too bad either, 1-1 last year and a 2-1 win the year before.

Ref Watch:

Bruce Foxton (bass)

Match Prediction:

Pompey to come alive? Or Man utd to get the season up and running? Place your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Next up is Matt Taylors favourites Everton at Goodison

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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Monday August 25 2008
Time: 9:53AM

Comments

0
Any point will do!
paultsmouth
25/08/2008 11:15:00
0
feel we can do these , swap kaboul 4 campbell , diop in middle and utaka and thomas on the wings . PLEASE DONT HOOF THE BALL 2 CROUCH
stfc ballboy
25/08/2008 12:48:00
0
Im worried about tonight. We rarely do well at Fratton Park and as you say we have no midfield. Alot will depend on Tevez and Rooney.
united4life
25/08/2008 13:18:00
0
Play with pride, play with passion; PLAY UP POMPEY!!!
NinjaTim
25/08/2008 15:12:00
0
so long as we play well i will be happy, that is all i ask!
i do have a good felling about tonight tho, and whilst i almost always think we will win, i reckon we can do them 2-1 - we all know that manyoo hate coming to fratton!
pompeyrug
25/08/2008 15:52:00
0
Tim is right pride and passion but that must come from the crowd as well.
eastneydave
25/08/2008 16:05:00
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i assume the milton is the meeting point for those that can tonight - so anyone that can, i will see you there i guess! got to see chixy as i want my t-shirts :-)
pompeyrug
25/08/2008 16:08:00
0
Yep agree pride and passion on and off the pitch!! Come on you blues!!
pompey4me
25/08/2008 16:39:00
0
Every one above is saying just give 100% and hopefully play well. It almost seems more important than the result. So beware Pompey footballers, you can see what is expected, you have been warned.
007
25/08/2008 17:11:00
0
good luck tonight lads from all at Vital Chelsea! Be nice to see United five points behind us!
merlin
25/08/2008 19:19:00
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