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Pompey v Villa

Pompey
vs.
Villa

Fratton

27/1/09

On Sky

Pompey welcome Villa to Fratton tonight, a time when Villa are flying high and Pompey are having a football reality check.

Vital Quotes:

The Villa garden is rosy right now, blooming for all to see, while Pompeys garden looks like the one after the Blue Peter thugs had done the business.

tony Adams is under his first real pressure as Pompey manager, the crowd hasn't been vocal against him yet, but local radio and the forums certainly have.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey should start with Hatden Mullins in the centre along with Davis, Pennant SHOULD start on the right, with either Crouchie alone up front or Nugent making the second striker, unless of course Kanu impressed enough on Saturday.

More importantly Englands number 2 is available after suspension and should displace Cranie.

Player to watch: Johnson

Makes us tick, enough said.

Villa Team News:

Wigans match winner Heskey will make his debut, while Young and Laursen are absent, the first suspended and the second absent.

Player to watch: Agbonlahor

Not as prolific as he was earlier in the season but the main goal threat.

Match Facts & Stats

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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Tuesday January 27 2009
Time: 6:48AM

Comments

0
Heskey is our main worry; a big handful. Let's hope we don't switch off after 89 mins again.
UKTony
27/01/2009 07:20:00
0
Any predictions guys, settle for a draw but fear we may lose by the odd goal.
bluedr
27/01/2009 08:51:00
0
I agree with UKTony - Heskey is the man to watch for Villa. We will have a fighting chance if TA plays players in their favoured positions. I think Nugget should be given a chance up front with Crouchy in a 4-4-2. Listen up TA - that formation will accomodate ALL our best players in their FAVOURED positions. This in turn may mean a victory!!
PFCGino
27/01/2009 09:03:00
0
Someone called me a pessimist the other day! If I were then I wouldn't be so disappointed. My forecast, for what it's worth, is that TA will finally realise we need to play 4-4-2 and we'll tear Villa apart, winning 4-1 with a Crouch hat-trick. This will be th turning point of our season and we'll go on a run and finish 9th.
NinjaTim
27/01/2009 09:27:00
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Tim thats sounds great can i watch the same game as you? but i think we actually might just scrape a win croucy is well over due a goal
sea-juicer
27/01/2009 09:40:00
0
How is TA going to start tonite. Nugent in goal, Pennent at centre back, Crouch left back, Craine centre forward. It wouldn't surprise me! Play 442 & have a go.
storagematt
27/01/2009 09:55:00
0
3-1 Pompey....lets have 1 up front, put Traore left back (as thats what he actually was at the gooners) so we got Pennant and Belhaj getting forward to help out, Davis and Mullins, with Pele just behind Crouch!....theirs no place for Nugent in my team!
CharlieChimes
27/01/2009 09:56:00
0
heard Rio-cokehead might be out too...result.
CharlieChimes
27/01/2009 09:57:00
0
CharlieChimes you're on another planet!! Crouch can't play up front on his own - especially when we're dinking long balls up to him - who's he gonna play it down to?! 4-4-2 is the way to go
PFCGino
27/01/2009 10:24:00
0
had we not been facing one of the 'big 4' - and villa and one of this now! - i suspect we would have gone 4-4-2, but as its villa i cannot see anything other than this, and tbh im ok with this so long as we have genuine width in the wide areas, pennant and belhadj gives this... mullins in with davis in the middle, i would take a risk and play pele, but we wont do that so chances are kaboul will return in the middle of the park, or wilson - where was he saturday? tbh i would drop sol and put kaboul alongside distin.
either way, for some bizarre, crazy reason i feel we will get the points tonight - it makes it worse off all as ive not seen us win at home for something like 2month (well none of us have) and as ive got to let me head rule my heart i cannot go tonight, your own health must come first...
pompeyrug
27/01/2009 11:16:00
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