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Pompey return to day job

Pompey
vs.
Fulham

Fratton

15/8/09

15:00

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.

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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


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday August 14 2009
Time: 6:41PM

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Comments

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http://www.business24-7.ae/Articles/2009/8/Pages/14082009/08152009_fe4f2c78a8d348378a8f3c1b5c78d339.aspx CHECK THIS OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pompeyhussler
14/08/2009 19:09:00
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ZAKI AND GUTIREZZ YES GREAT NEWS... LOOKS LIKE HE WAS WAITING FOR HIS BONUS FROM HYDRA SO HE CAN PAY FOR POMPEY ON HIS OWN...
pompeyhussler
14/08/2009 19:11:00
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What about Zaki and Gutarez hussler???
Pompey Malta
14/08/2009 20:01:00
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great players a bit of flair what we need..
pompeyhussler
14/08/2009 20:17:00
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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!
KBFulham
14/08/2009 20:37:00
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Im sooo excited, cant wait for the new season.
PompeyFcMad
14/08/2009 21:22:00
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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
.Andrew.
14/08/2009 21:46:00
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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!
.Andrew.
14/08/2009 22:01:00
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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..
Chix
14/08/2009 23:04:00
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Mrs Miggins.. Mre Miggins.. Wot her of the pie shop.. whoever next the Bishop of Bath and Wells !
Chix
14/08/2009 23:05:00
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