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Pompey v Guimaraes


Fratton Park



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Pompey enter the unknown as a team tomorrow night, European football comes to Fratton for the first and hopefully no last time.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey maybe novices as far European football is concerned, but as individuals we have plenty of experience, we have a finalist and Champions league goalscorer as our captain in Sol Campbell, and Peter Crouch is more than familiar with foreign opposition, in fact only Traore of the current back 4 has yet to feature in a European tie.
Until this season, the closet Pompey have come to European was a couple of seasons of Anglo-Italian football donkeys ago, but get past our Portugese oppents and the proper big boy stuff has arrived.

Much has been made of our formation tomorrow rather than personnel, 3-5-2 worked at Everton, while it took the switch to 4-4-2 to overcome 'boro, but with Guimaraes likely to go 4-3-3, I reckon our wing-backs will get another run-out, first half at least.

Pompey Team News:

No new injury worries for the blues, in fact Kanu, Nugent and Little all made come-backs against Arsenal ressies Tuesday night, so the pot is getting fuller to pick from.

Who plays depends on Harry's formation rather than who is fit, Diop and Kaboul both gave way on Saturday, so they are probably the only 2 at threat tomorrow.

Defoe has hit a good vein of form with 3 in his last 2 outings, scoring against foreign opposition will surely give Capello a little more to think about for England.

Player to watch: Crouch

Crouchie has been overshadowed by Defoes exploits in front of goal so far, I get the feeling tomorrow may be his night.

Guimaraes Team News:

Nuno Assis and club captain Flavio are the biggest absentees for Guimaraes, Marquinho and Luis Filipe are also not expected to travel, the Portugese are hardly packed with familar names, but an injury ravaged squad is expected to arrive at Fratton park, damage limitation seems the name of the game as the Portugese are a power house at home and rely heavily on home form for results.

Player to watch: Jean Coral

The young forward gets his chance due to Marquinho's abscence, a big task but names are made on responsibility unexpectedly thrust upon a mans shoulders.

Match Facts & Stats

Nothing to compare, Guimaraes finished 3rd last season at home, Pompey qualified through the cup, we have played each other, er, never!

Ref Watch:

John Pace (L-O-S)

Match Prediction:

A rampant crowd will surely roar Pompey on in front of 5's cameras tomorrow, so surely, surely a Pompey win?

Next Fixtures:

Back down to the nitty-gritty with a trip to the richest Premiership club, no, not Chelsea the other one

Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
Time: 10:08PM

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I'm getting the tingles!
17/09/2008 22:09:00
Pompey's first game in Europe, but for most of the starting line up, it's more like their 50th game in Europe, we still have a head start. Also, "no, not Chelsea, the other one." Classic!
17/09/2008 22:22:00
top class paul! i cannot wait, ive waited my whole life for special moments - and we get them regularly with pompey now dont we...
it will be something very special tomorrow night and im delighted that i will be a part of it!
17/09/2008 23:31:00
I am getting so excited! Nearly as excited as the FA Cup Final! More so in some ways, but less in others. The Cup was to win something wheras this is to win the right of passage. I dunno, but cannot wait until I knock off work early anyway!
17/09/2008 23:44:00
THis is gonna be kik ass! hopefully they dont get an away goal 1-0 Crouchy!!
17/09/2008 23:54:00
we can do it. keep it tight at the back and defoe will do the business up front.
18/09/2008 00:27:00
knocking off at 3 today, leaving the site in scum to go to Fratton
18/09/2008 06:42:00
Me too Paul .. I'm leaving at 3 .. hope to se some of you in the Milton Arms if traffic, parking and time permits... We're all going on a european tour...a european tour...a european tour...
18/09/2008 08:15:00
well weve conceeded quite a bit this season so far so thats a priority as already stated. but looking forward to tonight - gonna be different!
18/09/2008 08:31:00
Best of luck tonight, I will be waking up in the small hours to try and find the game online somewhere!!!!!!!PUP
18/09/2008 09:11:00
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