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Pompey v Arsenal

Pompey
vs.
Woolwich

Fratton

2/5/09

15:00

Pompey make a welcome return to Saturday football, and in doing so we are playing the roles of 'the adverts', you know there is an epic film on and then you are watching a little girl with a nervous twitch advertising chocolate, well Pompey have this role, stepping inbetween Arsenal's 2 legs with Man u.

Vital Quotes:

Nigel Winterburn says we can do it, Arsene Wenger probably couldn't care less if we did, but will the management have the courage to attack what will be a weakened if still talented Arsenal from the off?
Arsenal have the privelage along with Chelsea of being the only sides we cannot beat in the Premiership, generally we lose or draw, mainly lose, sometimes its taken a primadonna referee in his last match as official to deny us, sometimes it took a Robert Pires swallow dive, but the fact remains we cannot beat Arsenal in the Premiership. In fact you have to go back to 1958 for any kind of win at all!
One omen on our side however is the amount of hoodoos from the 50's we have smashed in the last couple of years, obviously this was the last time we were a power in the top league, but some of those ghosts have been exorcised.

The home games are coming to a close now though, only Sunderland remain, and for all the talk and denials, after this weekend Pompey will be virtually safe, win, lose or draw, so how about it Hart and Kiddo, maybe we can go out all guns blazing and play for a win?

Pompey Team News:

Kaboul is fit to return, but although he was in great form until his injury against Everton, it has been very much a case of if you are in possesion of a blue shirt and we don't lose, you keep the blue shirt, quite a comendable management ploy really, although some may disagree.
Pennant impressed last week at Newcastle after coming on in the second half for Nugent, but poor old Nuge is playing more of a team role at the moment, he is sacrificing some of his attacking instincts to do a more defensive role on the right or left, and is generally run into the ground after about 70 minutes.

Player to watch: Campbell

Still revered in North London (well one part) he will be right up for this one against some old mates.

Woolwich Team News:

Christ knows who Wenger will play, its obvious this game is more of an irritant with the big one on Wednesday, Arshavin will feature no doubt, he is ineligable for the Champions league, Eboue may play also after playing more of a bit part role of late.
In defence Silvestre has done a groin and won't be risked, likewise Eduardo and Van Persie up front.

Player to watch: Fabregas

Simply whether he plays or not could be crucial to the outcome, Ramsey or Wilshire maybe more likely to start, but after missing a large chunk of the season with a knee injury.

Match Facts & Stats

See above, we are due a win

Ref Watch:

Cathal Smythe

Match Prediction:

Can we tame the cubs, or are we getting short shrift once more? guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn in the north


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday May 1 2009
Time: 10:03PM

Comments

0
We are deffo due an afternoon in the sun absolutely tearing a team to pieces. Not sure this will be it. But, hey, let's hope.
hammersmithblue
01/05/2009 22:26:00
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We are deffo due an afternoon in the sun absolutely tearing a team to pieces. Not sure this will be it. But, hey, let's hope.
hammersmithblue
01/05/2009 22:26:00
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not sure if sitting between arsenals two legs is a good thing or not... but if there football (attractive...) is anything to go by, it's probably a good thing.
pompeycarpet
01/05/2009 22:32:00
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not sure if sitting between arsenals two legs is a good thing or not... but if there football (attractive...) is anything to go by, it's probably a good thing.
pompeycarpet
01/05/2009 22:32:00
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Its a good time to be playing Arsenal. I'm not sure whether Cesc will feature. 4th place is pretty much done and dusted, so there's nothing to play for in the League. I expect quite a few of the kids to start (Ramsey, Vela, Bendtner) and some experience (Toure at CB). So its a good opportunity for Pompey to take some points off Arsenal. Best of luck for the game!
prits
01/05/2009 22:56:00
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Its a good time to be playing Arsenal. I'm not sure whether Cesc will feature. 4th place is pretty much done and dusted, so there's nothing to play for in the League. I expect quite a few of the kids to start (Ramsey, Vela, Bendtner) and some experience (Toure at CB). So its a good opportunity for Pompey to take some points off Arsenal. Best of luck for the game!
prits
01/05/2009 22:56:00
0
really up for this one now, not expecting a win - that is not to say i am expecting a defeat not expecting to win - but have this sneaky feeling we might just end the 50-year wait...
pompeyrug
01/05/2009 23:07:00
0
really up for this one now, not expecting a win - that is not to say i am expecting a defeat not expecting to win - but have this sneaky feeling we might just end the 50-year wait...
pompeyrug
01/05/2009 23:07:00
0
If we don't give the ball away too much we've got a chance, which makes me think we should bring in Basinas, but with their youth and passing style I edge back towards Mullins as Basinas looks knackered after about 60 mins. Bring it on!
Pompeyscum
01/05/2009 23:30:00
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If we don't give the ball away too much we've got a chance, which makes me think we should bring in Basinas, but with their youth and passing style I edge back towards Mullins as Basinas looks knackered after about 60 mins. Bring it on!
Pompeyscum
01/05/2009 23:30:00
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