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Braga v Pompey

Braga
vs.
Pompey

Estádio AXA

23/10/08

20:15

On Sky

Pompey's plethora of matches returns with another visit to Portugal, this time a little further up the road to Braga

Vital Quotes:

Harry Redknapp has gone on record in declaring that Braga are a better team than Guimares, this statement is fuelled by an old player apparently.
'I spoke to somebody who used to play for me, who is now out in Portugal, and he knows everything about Braga.

He also knew about Guimaraes, the last team we played. They were a good team but I've told Braga are a better team. So it will be a tough game.'
Well that is the news on the official site, but to us Pompey fans Braga are another unknown quantity, 5 Brazilians, A Cameroonian and Columbian frequent their line up, and they say the Premiership has too many foreigners!

Braga Team News:

Albert Meyong, a Cameroon international is likely to partner the Columbian Wason Renteria, if Wason is anything like compatriot Hamilton ricard we should be okay.
Braga are without a win in the league since the opening day, but have qualified for the UEFA through the Intertoto cup, scoring freely along the way.
Luis Aguira is the main man in the centre, most of the play goes through him.

Player to watch: Aguira

I know little about him, but from what I have found he is the boy to watch.

Pompey Team News:

Midfield is where the problems lie, Diarra looks like again missing out with his knee knock, Richard Hughes has only just returned to full training, so I reckon Diop will partner the soon to be suspended Sean Davis in the centre, Utaka I doubt will get a start as his lack of effort is starting to irk even Redknapp who has stood by his man so far.
Our defence may well contain Pamarot again who performed admirably at Villa.

Player to watch: Campbell

Sol seems to be having an Indian summer all of a sudden, his pace which seemed to have deserted him has miraculously returned, and he has become the man-mountain we love again.

Match Facts & Stats

Braga have yet to beat an English side in Europe, while Pompey are old hats with 1 win in 2 against the Portugese.

Ref Watch:

Ali Umbongo (DC Congo)

Match Prediction:

After our last trip to Portugal, any advance on the first half last time out will be a bonus, but will Harry go for it? I reckon he will, this is a one off and a win will set us up nicely.

Next Fixtures:

Fulham at home Sunday just after the Great South run


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Wednesday October 22 2008
Time: 10:12PM

Comments

0
The stadium looks something else!
paultsmouth
22/10/2008 22:13:00
0
Sure does Paul. Shame we will have to watch game on the Internet though - if we can make it work that is!!
eastneydave
22/10/2008 22:19:00
0
Going to have to try mate!
paultsmouth
22/10/2008 22:28:00
0
Biggest ex-player I can find is Quim the goalie, got to say he has the best name in football!
paultsmouth
22/10/2008 22:36:00
0
Braga could be a surprise package. The Portuguese press are talking this game up and see them getting through with flair. There's even talk of them making a move for Juande Ramos as a new manager!
Sindbad
22/10/2008 22:42:00
0
But the revelation that Braga had a goalie called Quim (see paultsmouth) is of staggering importance. If you boys can't take advantage of this then what's the point of playing away in Europe!
Sindbad
23/10/2008 02:48:00
0
This could be a very tight game, so we will well need the experince that some of our boys have in Europe already to see this one through. PUP
sneakay
23/10/2008 09:17:00
0
Think you'll sneak a draw.
Tiny T
23/10/2008 10:48:00
0
It was coming out live on Sentana Ireland tonight but I see thats been changed to the Villa match. Any ideas ?
pompeyfrance
23/10/2008 13:10:00
0
Spurs is on channel 5 at 6pm, villa at 8pm but i'm hoping ill be able to watch us online. try justin.tv, sometimes they have our sat 3pm games too! Boro away was on there few weeks ago.
SUAC51
23/10/2008 15:12:00
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