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Everton v Pompey





Pompey make a break from routine this afternoon, we kick off at 3, we're not on the box and its not against any European finalists!

Vital Quotes:

Pompey get a chance to shift some of the gloom away from the City, we have a 100% record so far, played 2 last 2, scored none. Not great reading, but both games were against the 2 teams you would expect to be sitting at the top of the tree come May.

Even though it is still August, no-one wants to look at the table and see their team rock bottom, and Everton is the team who represent the next hurdle in our quest for points.

Everton Team News:

Everton have been busy in the transfer market of late, but Louis Saha is definitely not available, while Lars Jacobsen and Segundo Castillo are hoping for clearance to play. The thorn that is Tim Cahill is out with an injured foot, while Pienaar and Hibbert are also going to have to watch from the stands.
Everton tend to go with 1 upfront these days, that man is no other than Yakubu, an old favourite from Fratton and a man with a 2 in 2 ratio already. If Moyes decides to go with 2 up top, then James Vaughan is waiting impatiently in the wings.

Player to watch: Yakubu

A man in form, he generally scores in flurries, and is a muscular and pacy handful for our defence.

Pompey Team News:

Defoe is the main worry for Pompey, he has been struggling with a virus all week and may struggle to make the line-up. This however gives Redknapp the opportunity to either revert to the 4-5-1 formation that served us so well last year, or usher in an eager Ben Sahar for his first action of the season.
Jerome Thomas has a back injury, how serious it is we do not know, but I reckon he will make the bench.
Traore (no, not that one) will get a chance on the left again after an impressive debut against Utd at Fratton.
Will Distin be left-back again? I reckon he might, Redknapp has a thing for big centre-backs playing full-back, Hreidarsson is evidence of that, so he may well fill in there again.

Player to watch: Crouch

Big expectations from the big man, but no goals so far, he may well be going it alone today, a goal or two will certainly not go amiss.

Match Facts & Stats

Our record at Goodison isn't the greatest, 3-1 last March was just another in a line of defeats on Merseyside, and if we lose this one it will be our worst ever start to a Premiership season!

Ref Watch:

Rick Buckler (drums)

Match Prediction:

I've got an inkling for a performance this afternoon, Everton both score and conceed, so far we can't score and conceed!But all things come to an end, and I will stick my neck out and go for a 3-2 Pompey win in a game bound for Football1st's game of the day! Am I wrong? Place your predictions here.

Next Fixtures:

Week off next week, then a return to Fratton with Middlesborough.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Date:Saturday August 30 2008
Time: 10:30AM

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Stuck me head on the block going for a win! But I'll take any old point right now!
30/08/2008 10:32:00
Another tough game, and another possible game without us scorring. if we can hold them to 0-0 then that would be great - I dont expect any more than that though - a draw would be a good result!
30/08/2008 10:54:00
i think your right paul, i was tempted with 3-2 pompey but reckon 2-1... altho like you i would settle for a point as we need to get some sort of foothold.
the next 4-5 games will give us a better, and clear indication as to what the season has instore for us...
30/08/2008 11:01:00
I'm going for a 1-0 either way. It's gonna be a tough game. Not at all worried by our defensive options but although it's been discussed before, we do need some flair and creativity in mid-field. I was on holiday when Pedro went and felt gutted on getting back to find out he'd gone. His ability to think and pass is much needed if Crouch and Defoe are to perform for us. No good having a gun if you can't load it. I'd like to see Little get a run out cos he can put balls in. Here's hoping we can string some passing together today and i'll still go for one goal and end of... PUP..
30/08/2008 11:09:00
It will be a tough game as always against the toffees, but I think we will be good for a point today!
30/08/2008 11:17:00
Brilliant to be playing at 3 o'clock on a Saturday - when real football matches start.
30/08/2008 11:25:00
Yep I'll take a point right now ... a win would be brilliant though
30/08/2008 11:36:00
It's on live here in Sydney at midnight and I believe we will move off the bottom with a definitive 2-1 win. We are long overdue to score some goals so I think today is the day. Another 0 and we will soon become Pompey 0 FC, something that would seem a million miles away as we were parading our wonderful FA Cup - and I was there. I joked when I told my Aussie mates that I didn't care if we even got relegated as long as we won that Wembley showdown in May; they are now reminding me of those words. Still it's nice to remind them of our Olympic achievement, something that they are finding hard to swallow..."We beat England but you got help from all those other bits and pieces". Here is my British passport I said, don't be a bad loser, and get used to it because we will kick arse in 2012.
30/08/2008 11:58:00
Just heard we've got Chelskie in the Carling Cup...@ Fratton. Gotta be a home win !!!!
30/08/2008 12:44:00
Come on pompey we need the points looking at the bottom with no points is dissapointing so come on u blues !!!!! PUP
stfc ballboy
30/08/2008 12:54:00
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