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Pompey v Bolton





Pompey meet Bolton and something has to give. Both teams are pointless, so someone if not both will gain something out of the match.
Pompey have a few new faces available after a frenetic transfer burst at the close of the window, but how many will make the side?

Vital Quotes:

Pompey are making all the right noises, the Milton end has sold out, kids for a quid has helped, and we should be in for our biggest crowd of the season, the apathy shown by the more fairweather fans testament to Pompey's turmoil of recent months.
Zat Knight has called the game 'must win' for Bolton, so if he echoes his managers inbtentions, we should at least be in for an open game.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey could field an almost completely new side, Kranjcar has jumped ship, but has been replaced by O'Hara, this should see a square peg in a hole of the right shape for a change, and also up the workrate on the left.
The Prince has made the same journey as his former Spurs team mate, he is still a bit of an unknown quantity really, but he promises a more attacking style and if we are to believe those at vitalSpurs is a bit of a loose cannon.
Mike Williamson has joined old team mate Smith, if he steps straight in remains to be seen, Ben haim should feature.
Mokoena may well step back into midfield, Hughes looking the most likely to dip out.
Piquionne should have stepped up another gear in fitness terms, he has endeared himself thus far with his work ethic, a few goals will seal the deal.
Smith may get another chance on the right, but Webber will have the bench at best.
Hassan Yebda has apparently impressed in training, so maybe Hart will opt for him in an all new midfield.
One familiar face should return though, James is fit!

Player to watch: O'Hara

I really rate the bloke, he has hunger and will put his foot in, the left hand side of midfield has been wanting so far this season, maybe our loanee will give it the fillip it needs.

Bolton Team News:

Bolton are in the brown muddy stuff as well, although not as prominent in the transfer activity as Pompey, they have signed Klasnic, the phlegmy one looking for his debut after featuring on wednesday at Wembley.
Elmander picked up a knock for Sweden, he should be fit though, but absence guaranteed goes to Sean Davis, our old boy getting himself banned last time out after the defeat to Liverpool.

Player to watch: Kevin Davies

He is the fulcrum of their attack, if he can be kept under wraps the goals will be hard to find.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey have won 3 of the last 4 meetings, Kanu featuring in the goals.

Ref Watch:

Lord Flash-heart(woof)

Match Prediction:

A duck must be broken, but which way? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

It gets no easier, a trip to Villa

Date:Friday September 11 2009
Time: 9:47PM


anything is a must!
11/09/2009 21:50:00
Bring em on !!! the Park will be rocking . With a team of players for one reason or another are looking to prove a thing or two I can see us doing one over the trotters . PUP
11/09/2009 22:25:00
cannot wait for this game, been looking forward to it since before the citeh game! we will do 'em tomorrow, i feel - crazy i know - a few goals...
11/09/2009 23:29:00
Come on Pompey!! Seems the park has finally sold out this season, well the Milton end certainally has...unfortunately not with me in it, first time in a few years I've not been to a home game with my family. BUT... Come on Pompey some GOOD players have signed, Brown looks a good signing for us, O'hara is a good player, what could the Prince do??? 2 up front maybe, thats been a while! I feel a win comin on!!
11/09/2009 23:37:00
I can't wait either. Should be fantastic!
11/09/2009 23:53:00
Really excited about tomorrow, hopefully we'll see a team play with the same attitude that left us after the AC Milan game last year. I think we've got a mid-table/upper mid-table and could have an alright midfield but I'm still worried about our lack of quality up front. I hope Utaka continues building on his performances.
11/09/2009 23:55:00
My unofficial pub report; I'm staying over in town tonight and a tour of the pubs I get a really positive buzz. Attitudes in pompey pubs ate about winning tomorrow but all seem to feel this must be rewarded with actions on the pitch. Generally all feel this is Harts team, they want him to succeed and he has no excuses; people want him to win - but here's the crunch; they want it in style!
12/09/2009 01:14:00
My bruv in law and I visited about 7 pubs starting in the Talbot and finishing in the wine vaults all to bring that pub feeling journalism to you! The sacrifices I made to bring that info to VP.
12/09/2009 01:20:00
Russellm .. On behalf of all at Vit\l Pompey .. I thank you .. The sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.. if you add the Connaught to your list Saturday lunchtime I'll buy ya a pint !
12/09/2009 07:18:00
Up the Pompei.... NoT!
12/09/2009 07:57:00
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