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Guimaraes vs. Pompey

Estadio D Afonso Henriques

2/10/08

21:35

Guimaraes v Pompey

Pompey rumble into Portugal for the next step of their European adventure, 3,000 fans have made the trip to witness a first for Pompey who play a competitive match in Europe for the first time. The game is live on Channel 5 at 9.35.

Vital Quotes:

Harry Redknapp has promised us that he has no intentions of sitting on a first leg lead, after keeping a clean sheet at home, an away goal would tilt the tie very heavily Pompey's way.
If Pompey were to progress to the group stages, the financial benefits would no doubt not be lost on the management and board alike.

Guimaraes Team News:

Vitoria are boosted by the return of Brazilian striker Douglas, he missed the first leg at Fratton, but hit 2 goals in their away win on Saturday. Flavio Meireles also returns from his ban to skipper the side.
Domestically Guimaraes are yet to win at home this season, their away form has been good though, and the tie will no doubt be a tide of pressure from the white shirts.

Player to watch: Douglas

The word 'Brazilian' either makes you think of a waxing procedure or skilful South American, both are silky smooth and Douglas is the pinnacle of Guimaraes' attack.

Pompey Team News:

Sean Davis has recovered from his latest groin injury and vies with Richard Hughes for the midfield anchorman role. Diarra's ban won't kick in until the Stoke match, so Dijon can gives us a farewell performance and keep up his record of never losing a cup tie.
Diop has travelled with the squad but remains very doubtful.
Glen Little will be hoping he did enough Sunday to keep out Utaka.

Player to watch: Crouch

Probably our most experienced European campaigner with a good goalscoring record in continental ties. Defoe has been the fulcrum of of the attacking two so far, maybe its Crouchies turn to shine?

Match Facts & Stats

Ref Watch:

Selcuk Dereli from Turkey

Match Prediction:

Pompey need only not to lose by more than 2 goals, any win or draw puts us through.

Next Fixtures:

Stoke at Fratton




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 1 2008

Time: 10:03PM

Your Comments

As I write this, in 24 hours time we will be approaching half time. We leave for the airport in about 6 hours time!!! I think we will nick at least one goal & that should be enough. Just incase, my mother has spoken with the Pope & prayers are being said.
storagematt
This is also on Five for those that not only can't afford a holiday in October but the Sky channels as well.
Lysimachus
So happy that Setanta in the USA has opted to show the Pompey match live over the spurs-krakow game. Well here is hoping for progress to the group stages.
pompeyhouston
i would liked to have been there, finances don't add up!
paultsmouth
Me too Paul. We just have to sit here and watch - hopefully not too much praying. I think we have the European and International experience to cope.
eastneydave
Well being that late I might opt to watch the game in bed! lol Although not sure the Missus would like we wheeling the fridge into the bedroom for easy access to the stella. I think we should do it, but have purposly all ready cut my finger nails so I cannot bite them.
sneakay
Just had a photo from Pompey4me of UKTony reclining in a bar in Porto - will try and get on the site tonoght.
eastneydave
I think I could keep out Utaka. What possessed us to cough-up 7 million?
Et_tu_Pompeii
John Utaka has a thigh injury and has been left at home with Bouba Diop. I mean they did not travel not they are shacking up together!!
eastneydave
Surely if we score we will go through, they would have to score 3 just to force exrta time.
pompeyyong
I'd love to see a sitcom with Utaka and Bouba Diop living together like "Terry and June" - Utaka burning sausages onthe bbq and Bouba Diop raising his eyebrows to camera as if to say "Berk!"
hammersmithblue
I get the feeling Utaka would be asleep all the time, with Diop being clumsy and raising his eyebrows all the time!
paultsmouth
Sneakay.. You mean you haven't got a fridge in the bedroom already ! - Half an hour to go .. a early goal just to settle my nerves .. Come on yooou blues....
Chix
CROUCHYYYY!!!! cmon lads hold on!
nodster
Two for Crouch now nodster, were on our way.
pompeyyong
Thats it see you all on Sunday, bring on the draw
pompeyyong
 

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