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Pompey v Milan





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This is a match that would only have come along in a plum pre-season fixture, until this season that is.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey face Milan for the first time in any way or form, we are here because of our FA cup win, Milan because they under-achieved last time out.
If memory serves, they owe us a match from the sale of Mark Hateley back in 1984, so they belatedly roll into Fratton park some 24 years later, although Paolo Maldini was probably fit last time round.
Tony Adams has stated that the league is our priority, every manager churns out this line, well any manager outside of the top four, but surely Tony Adams the campaigner of many an Arsenal charge on Europe won't send out a team to rollover, not against AC Milan surely?

Pompey Team News:

Diarra and Defoe have both been given the news that neither needs surgery, Diarra is somewhere in France at the moment and will be out for a little while yet, Defoe has resumed jogging, Adams has stated that he has little chance of figuring tomorrow, but I'll bet he will at least make the bench.
If Defoe has no chance, then up front it will be Crouch and whoever fancies a game, Utaka did little to win over Pompey fans with another lacklustre and timid performance on Saturday, Sahar and Nugent aren't registered, and Kanu has played about half an hour all season.
Richard Hughes should feature against his boyhood heroes in midfield, he and Sean Davis will have great delight in proving they are not Premier league shire horses aginst Milans superstars.
Sol Campbell is still a doubt with his toe injury, but Younes Kaboul is proving a more than able understudy, in fact Sol will have a fight on his hands to get his place back!

Player to watch: Crouch

Got to be 2 metre, he has more than a passing history with AC, not many players who will be present in Pompeys line-up have played in Europe, let alone in a final.

Milan Team News:

It's just a case of who Ancelloti decides to rest, will he risk former players of the year Ronaldinho and Kaka against lil ol' Pompey?
Maldini is definitely absent, but Pato may get a chance to show why he is so highly rated, and old campaigners like Seedorf will try and prove they haven't lost it.
Shevchenko is another with a point to prove against Premiership opposition.

Player to watch: Flamini

The ex-Arsenal man proved to be a real quality performer last season, so much so that Milan came knocking, he is the man that I feel Arsenal miss most in their mis-firing season, time for Davis to prove he is the man to stop him.

Match Facts & Stats

Milan have won 12 out of 15 of their last few games, they have plenty of pedigree in the European World of football, but Pompey have history against italian sides, who can forget the mighty battles with Reggina in the Anglo-italian cup games?

Ref Watch:

Arthur Antunies Coimbra

Match Prediction:

Milan need 1 point to qualify to the next stage, Pompey just need to get some points, no doubt Milan will try to give an Italian masterclass in goaless draws, but can Pompey break the deadlock?

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn on Sunday at the park

Date:Wednesday November 26 2008
Time: 11:37PM


One more big sleep!
26/11/2008 23:40:00
You guys must be creaming your togs thinking of this one. ? Good luck it would be nice to see you get a result (and then be tired for Sunday)
durks de rover
27/11/2008 01:03:00
Cards on the table here, I am not expecting us to win this (quelle surprise!) but what would be a real bitch would be to hang on for a bruising draw till, say, 85 minutes, and then let in a stupid goal. Cos that's what we do, isn't it? It's so bad for the health.
27/11/2008 07:47:00
3 O'clock in the morning I have to get up for this. But should be worth it to watch on some dodgy internet connection. A bit worried with the news that not only Sol, diarra, Kruncie and defoe are out, but now rumblings on the bbc website that Utaka and Davis may not feature either. A game of the magnitude at the park, I hope we don;t get turned over
27/11/2008 08:04:00
After decades of Grimsby, Port Vale, Barnsley etc, this is pinnacle of games. Other than Real, Barca, Juve, Bayern Munich, who else would you want. Let's enjoy it. Put all the other headaches to one side. Shame we are missing 4 great players but rarely do we do it the easy way.
27/11/2008 09:20:00
Only a few hours to go and i can't wait. Lets hope we have enough players to put out there.
27/11/2008 09:38:00
Well I personally will be staring at all of their fans to see if one of them is the thieving b*****d who nicked my shades from a cafe table in Milan in 2003. Cost me 35 they did!
27/11/2008 12:02:00
Matt spot on the pinnacle and Paul yes we were promised a friendly after the sale of Hateley - this is obviously it!!
27/11/2008 13:34:00
once again, as said elsewhere a couple of times... its games like this that i have waited my whole life for, im gonna enjoy it big time! how can you not? right, im on my in mo - i will see whoever can make it at the milton prior to the game... play up pompey!
27/11/2008 13:40:00
and to add, crazy i know some will say, but i fancy us to get a result tonight you know! i have 'one of those feelings' that i have sometimes got, like the one that i had when we beat manyoo in the cup last season...
27/11/2008 13:42:00
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