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West Ham vs. Pompey

Boleyn Ground

15/11/08

15:00

Irons v Pompey

Tony and Johnnys Blue army march east to west ham tomorrow, a ground with a fair amount of success.

Vital Quotes:

Last week and Tony Adams got his overdue first win as boss, that's not to say we have been off-key, far from it, but lady luck was casting her wand elsewhere for a while and in the end it was graft that saw us grab 3 points.

West Ham have had more downs than ups of late, Zola has replaced Alan Curbishley in the land where jellied eels are a delicacy rather than something you wouldn't feed the dog, but he is another who doesn't appear to be getting the rub of the green just now. But luck only plays a part, Zola has put some faith in youth, and lets be honest, the production line on the East end of London has dealt a few more than decent players in the last few years.
Late goals cost the Irons dearly last week, after out-playing Everton for 80 minutes they contrived to throw it all away conceding 3 late ones.

Pompey on the other hand did the opposite, we went behind to an early Cisse goal but fought back to clinch it in the last minute with a goal from tomorrows public enemy number 1.

West Ham Team News:

Carlton Cole returns from suspension and may displace Freddie Sears up front, James Collins should have shaken off a handcuffing to carry on in defence, while Upson has shaken off the knock which forced him off last week.
Kieron Dyer has returned to full training, but is some way short of match fitness.

Player to watch: Bellamy

Not everyones favourite Welsh bloke, he is a royal pain in the rectum, but 2 goals he scored at fratton whilst at Blackburn are indelibly engraved on my mind and he poses a real threat when he gets it right.

Pompey Team News:

Sol Campbell has managed to acquire a toe injury, Younes Kaboul who has been cited as his natural successor will get another chance to prove he is the man for such a job.

John Utaka has a nasty case of Eartha Kitts, so Kranjcar may get another chance to try and adjust to a new role on the right, although Glen Little has recovered from injury number 36 for the season and may feature.

Player to watch: Defoe

Who else can it be? Bound to receive a warm welcome, the Hammers fans love it when an old boy returns, and no doubt he will be presented with a nice hamper before kick-off and be welcomed in the pub after.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey are yet to face defeat at the Boleyn in the premiership, in fact we are yet to leave without 3 points.

Ref Watch:

Wally Bazoom

Match Prediction:

We fair pretty well at E13, West Ham haven't kept a clean sheet as long as a 6 month old baby with Irritable Bowel, 23/2/08 to be exact,so goals should be on the menu, but who to? If you have not already made your predictions in the Pompey predictions league on this match do it here.

Next Fixtures:

Next up is this seasons contendors for 'punching above your weight'
Hull City




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 14 2008

Time: 9:04PM

Your Comments

Got to go for back to back wins, West ham are having a real bad run right now and West ham fans aren't the most patient at home, besides i haven't forgiven them for pipping us on goal difference back in '93, bloody redknapp again!
paultsmouth
bellamy is a good player, and - like cisse last week - could cause sol all kinds of problems - unless kaboul DOES come in. I have no-idea what the problem with utaka is... but kranjcar would probably be first choice there anyway.
pompeycarpet
Utaka has a poorly tum-tum
paultsmouth
Utaka has the runs!.. We should definately play him, might move a little quicker than normal.. Sol looks to be out so Younes should fill in and to be honest I might even go as far as to suggest that it might not be a bad thing due to the Bellamy factor.. Don't you just hate that bloke.. I really wanna see us stuff them tomorrow especially as Carlton Cole has been gobing off about they are due to give a team a stuffing.. Think again Cole.. you'll be the turkey at the end of the day I'm sure.. An open game with goals I'm going 3-1 Pompey..
Chix
wasn't the last time you predicted a stuffing wigan?? please no more predictions. but actually i'd love to see little given a chance on the right, damn we might as well play him while hes fit lol. and can any of you say you'd want to play with an upset stomach? cause i certainly wouldn't lol
pompeym@
I think Chix was hoping that as Utaka's tummy was running maybe the rest of him would come out in sympathy with his tummy and start running as well - particularly the legs. Maybe we could get a game out of him at last!
Gandor
well... I reckon it'll be an open game, and open games NORMALLY mean lots of goals... but I don;t think there will be this time. 1-0 away win, with both sides misssing hatfulls of chances...
pompeycarpet
On the day who knows how this will go. Are up for it? Will we play well & lose or play badly & win. They are bit of a wounded animal after some recent beating & will want to end the rot. Not sure about a score yet as I have the usual head goes one way, heart the other.
storagematt
why not play well and win - that would do nicley, altho playing badly and winning isnt something i would mind!
will it be 4 corners singing anti redknapp songs today...
anyway, back to the game there 'should' be goals in it, which means it will be 0-0! hope for a cleansheet, but cannot see it but will go 3-0 pompey anyway...
pompeyrug
Gianfranco Zola is already looking under some pressure. Tony Adams hiwever will do himself a lot of favours if he gears Pompey up for a point or more in London today. Away points almost count double in the Premiership at the moment.
Sindbad
No no, Sindbad, we are going to win. We want all three points, we need them! At the moment, just a couple of losses could find us in or near the relegation zone and come January we don't want to be anywhere near it. We are not like ordinary teams, we are playing for a lot more than just points, we are playing to survive January. (Sorry, I get a bit dramatic sometimes!)
Gandor
 

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