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Pompey vs. Fulham




Pompey return to day job

After the most up and down close season in Pompey's up and down history, some form of sanity returns with resumption of a premier league season.

Vital Quotes:

Ask any footbal 'expert' about Pompey and you will get the same answer, we are doomed! But in reality are we?
Yes, Johnson, Crouch, Campbell and Davis have all departed, you will no doubt read that 15 have in fact gone, this is true, but it's the four above who will have the biggest impact. Look a little deeper though and names such as Distin, James, Kaboul and Kranjcar are all still here, Frederic Piquionne is the new man up front and after one run out doesn't look a bad prospect.

Pompey have no doubt been weakened in since January, added to the summer departures were Diarra and Defoe, 2 internationals who plyed their trade with the best of them, but Pompey can still field a half decent first 11, its only if injuries strike that we will really feel the pinch.

Fulham have a head start on Pompey as such that they have had competitive football already, the new Europa format of the UEFA cup has seen Fulham score 6 unanswered goals to give them a heads up for the season.

Pompey Team News:

James should be fit after limping out of the Rangers friendly, Vanden Borre is unavailable after the Italian Fa dithered on releasing his forms, but Marc Wilson may well get a chance to resume his fledgling career as a partner for Distin with Kaboul being able to release his attacking instincts on the right.
The left side of defence looks a little shakier, Hreidarsson is crocked and Belhadj is both a bit dodgy defending, and also doing his utmost to rejoin the ginger one at Spurs if press releases are to be believed.

Piquionne is a shoe-in up front, but its a big if to as whether he has a partner, Nugent is commiting career suicide, while Kanu has once again skipped pre-season!

Midfield looks easier to forecast, Kranjcar will be the attacking outlet, with Diop hopefully returning to the fold, Basinas does not look a favourite of Hart's, while Mullins will no doubt get the chance to prove he can play once again.

Player to watch: Piquionne

We need a hero Fred, the invite is there for you to fill a void, but can you do it big boy?

Fulham Team News:

Fulham have the luxury of having already settled into a first choice line up, Johnson and Zamora have had a decent pre-season, while Clint Dempsey is the only real doubt after playing for the US of A midweek.

Player to watch: Zamora

Big year for Bobby, he was a sought after young player a few years back at Brighton, Spurs cocked him up a bit and he had a drought of biblical proportions last season, but he has looked sharp in the summer warm-ups so far.

Match Facts & Stats

Fulham performed their great escape a couple of years back at Fratton, a draw last time out though.

Ref Watch:

Mrs. Miggins

Match Prediction:

Prediction time again, hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Brum up there

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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 14 2009

Time: 6:41PM

Your Comments CHECK THIS OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What about Zaki and Gutarez hussler???
Pompey Malta
great players a bit of flair what we need..
Nice article guys. You'll certainly give us a good fight and your 'trouble' as people would call it has been blown out of proportion in my eyes. You'll have a decent enough season, and probably go on to defy many a critic. Still, saying that, I think we can perhaps take the points come tomorrow. Especially seen as we have competitive football behind us. Good luck with the season Pompey. I wish you all the best!
Im sooo excited, cant wait for the new season.
I hope we get started with a good game. A win or draw would do me good, just to shut up those so called 'experts'. Someone told me that there is going to be an announcement before tomorrow's kick off, anyone else hear this or know if it is true?! I don't know what to believe and not to, nowadays
Just noticed that link up there. I am thinking that the sale of Cranie was to finance a deal to bring Zaki on loan? That actually eases my worries a bit, reading that. Roll on tomorrow!
There definately will be an announcement tomorrow You are reminded that Fratton Park is an all seater venue.. anybody caught standing will be shot ... Cranie to finance Zaki.. no chance we only got 500k for MC and Zakis loan is reported to be 1.5m + wages... All of sudden I don't believe a word that Dr SAF says.. Tomorrow is going to be interesting.. Rug bring the tape recorder .. Eastneydave the camera ... I'm going after an exclusive..
Mrs Miggins.. Mre Miggins.. Wot her of the pie shop.. whoever next the Bishop of Bath and Wells !
Anyone think Dr Dosh is just a fantasist a bit like that bloke who didn't shoot Jill Dando (you know what I mean) and is just pulling any old name out of the air. Perhaps he'll get confused and say he's trying to sign Kevin Pietersen or Stan Mortensen.
First time post. Is it me or does this feel like the first premiership season for pompey all over again. Nervous and excited with relegation a real possibility. Have supported from Ireland for over 25 years.
HSB - Yep mean.. straws .. grasping .. at.. Losing (if not totally lost) confidence in him now..
Welcome Jamiesdad You are soo right .. I'm filled with uncontrolable excitement and upright fear .. Ireland eh... Have you spoken to PompeyFrippy he (and NIBlue) live in the land of green and guinness
Thanks Chix. Have always viewed this site for the true story about pompey and finally decided to post. The on/off affair between Sascha nd Dr Frankenstein has made all of my family/friends laugh and feel sorry for the fans who are stuck in the middle. BTW I do have a son called jamie and he insists on wearing something pompey every day to playschool. Always looks good with the manu/arsenal/chelsea dads collecting their kids. There are more clubs than pompey in financial meltdown but at least we are trying to cut our cloth. Pompey have always fought their way out of trouble and as long as the players try their best you cant ask for anymore.Also I think utaka could be a surprise if let play down the middle on a consistent basis
Jamiesdad - you're right about Utaka. This is his chance to shine but if he hasn't by January he'll be off.
welcome jamiesdad, there 'should' be something of interest to you and all other irish pompey on vital pompey very soon all being well - watch this space!
so, here we go again, another season but what will it bring? 3pts today methinks...
remember to place a prediction in the predictions league on pauls link above in the preview.
There has been too much talk & now it's time for the action. We have no idea what to expect from this Pompey team. My head & heart rarely agree on the score prediction but retain some hope. Yes we may struggle but I am hopeful we will ok!!!
Be carefull of the 100 m business article there is a lot of spin and BS floating around; and the dodgy Storrie seems confident. My mate in Dubai says according to local business sources the Royal Group won't pay SAF a bonus but it could well be a loan. Anybody seen SAF around yet?
My mate is trying to climb over the wall at Fratton Park, and he phoned me to say he gave Dr SAF a 'bunk up' over the wall just a minute ago. 1.5m to loan Zaki? Bit steep isn't it?!
See that the Herminators hamstring injury appears to be getting better .. think his wallet may be slightly lighter after this ..ooops
Falling off the table after doing a handstand.. That's another 6 weeks out. Sorry, but i have to laugh at that! Silly Hermaninator.
Welcome to Vital jamiesdad, good to see some other's from Ireland on here. Where abouts in Ireland are you?
PompeyFrippy, Mullingar, you ? do I have to extend the phonebox for the supporters club meetings? Getting ready for our weekly two minutes on the premiership with no mention from the panel.
russell and others here is Dr SAF meeting the fans earlier.
Donegal/Galway depending on what time of the year (I'm a student). I don't bother with The Premiership, can't stand the panel and their always biased coverage. I just wait the extra couple of hours for MOTD to see the full 2 and a half minutes they give us. I've actually been to Mullingar a couple of times, I have a friend who lives in Multifarnham and Mullingar is the closest place that sells, well anything.
Dave I'm in all the photo's lucky for most I had the camera in front of my face for 7 of them.
Frippy I travelled from Naas to Galway last weekend then took the coast road to bunratty then on to Killarney on Monday then then back to Dublin airport tuesday nice trip.
Im in dublin right now...dirty old town...dirty old town..ddadadad to the zoo and the guiness storehouse tomorrrow
plymouth graham
It is a nice road along the coast at Galway yong, when I'm at Uni in Galway I often have to get the bus up and down to Donegal, a 4 hour journey which takes 6 hours on the bus. Unfortunately travel sickness prevents me from fully enjoying it.

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