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Birmingham vs. Pompey

St.Andrews

19/8/09

19:45

Pompey v Brum

Its August, you have played one game, but if you are Brum or Pompey and you believe the press, this is our first relegation 6 pointer!!

Not bad really, but both teams have been written off before the season started, so we certainly are brothers in arms as far as press popularity is concerned.

Pompey's 'takeover' has rolled over into its 364th week, although it is only in its 80th week of nearing completion, so we may have to be patient a few months yet.
Reassurances are part and parcel of every day life now, a little bit of actual action wouldn't go amiss though, if I'm told to wait and see another time I may well to have some form of self-combustion.

Anyway to the football, Birmingham, like Pompey, lost their opening match, while we conceded to Fulham, Birmingham went down to a Rooney goal at Old Trafford, different teams, but same outcome, and both teams will be eager to get off the mark in the points margin.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Hart seems as cheesed off with our takeover saga as the rest of us, not helping at the weekend were the Italian FA, apparently the only reason Vanden Borre was absent from the squad was due to the only, yes, ONLY person available to sign over his registration in whole of Italy was having an extended lunch break, nice work if you can get it.

Our new Belgian arrival is available tomorrow night, if he can displace Kaboul or the match winner workhorse that is Utaka is another matter.

Birmingham Team News:

Benitez is the man who Brummie fans will posting their hopes on for goals, he gave a lively display at United.
Joe Hart has been given the chance to resurrect his promising career after seeing it curtailed by the money mountain at City.
James McFadden will be looking forward to his return to the Premiership, while Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson will provide the nuthouse in midfield.

Player to watch: Vignal

Absolute donkey at Fratton, if he can perform as he did here, we may well get some joy down our right flank.

Pompey Team News:

Vanden Borre is available after his registration came through covered in Asti stains. We don't have too many options up front with Nugent out the picture, but Piquionne looked promising, Utaka is the most likely to give way after another inept display.

Player to watch: Kranjcar

Supposed to be our only jewel left, played more like a nugget of purest green on Saturday, if we are to succeed he needs to deliver and fast.

Match Facts & Stats

A 5-0 thwupping in our great escape year still lives in the memory, but then again so does Kranjcar's fantastic free-kick 2 seasons back.

Ref Watch:

Ploppy (son of Ploppy)

Match Prediction:

I can't predict who is in charge, but have a go here.

Next Fixtures:

Arsenal or someone




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 18 2009

Time: 8:30PM

Your Comments

nice one paul - we need something tomorrow, i would settle for a point, but 3pts would be magic with arsenal coming up on saturday!
we need someone other than utaka playing on the right, as he will make vignal look like a world-beater, then again maybe vignal will make utaka look the same... i think i would keep the team much as it was, but certainly look to take utaka out, so i guess that is where vanden borre fits in!
pompeyrug
yup a point would be lovely before the gunners =/ and also utaka can't start surely... theres just no way, its got to be borre or even nugent ffs
pompeym@
A point would be nice, 3 would be even better. But I'll be thankful for anything.
Gandor1
I would never drop Kaboul over Utaka. There's a part of me that wants to give Utaka a go down the middle for a couple of games but persisting with him down the right doesn't make sense when his ball and dribbling control is so appalling. My lineup would be - James, Kaboul, Distin, Mokoena, Belhadj, Vanden Borre, Diop, Basinas, Mullins, Kranjcar, Piquionne. Either playing Niko as a support striker or in a 5 man midfield.
stillthewhizz
utaka will make a good impact sub, along with kanu. However his lack of work ethis prohibts him from doing anything more.
pompeycarpet
I put 10 on us to take the points last Saturday and don't intend to back away from that commitment now. See deep down, inside, tucked far away in a corner of Harts soul; is a part of him who wants to see us score a goal!
russellm
I want a win, but can't see it. They have the advantage it being their first home game since their promotion and the crowd will be bouncing. I'd take a draw, but maybe we can sneak something.
PompeyFrippy
i just want to see us get a goal!
nodster
With their tight defence and our inability to hit the target (let alone score) it's got 0-0 written all over it .. Which probably means we it'll 4-3 (but to who!) ... Vanden Borre must start in place of Utaka - I just hope Ploppy (son of Ploppy) has a good game and maybe just maybe we'll walk away with said nugget of purest green M'Lord
Chix
Need something, otherwise September will be here and we will like a broken pencil Chix
paultsmouth
Chix, whose this ploppy chap?
footy_fans
Ploppy sounds just the man for the job
hammersmithblue
If Pompey score tonight Hart will go into SHOCK as he doesn't send out teams to do that. If Utaka plays and scores, Hart maybe able to sell him. More chance of winning the lottery I suppose.
Mike1954
Its been confirmed, Borre is in and Utaka makes way for him. Yay!
tracyc
 

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