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Pompey vs. Wigan

Fratton

31/10/09

15:00

Pompey v Wigan

Pompey face another club who have been in the press for all the wrong reasons this week, for Pompey it is old hat, but Wigan have had the row with Fergie, and the court dealings ogf the lovely Marlon King to contend with.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey enjoyed their midweek league sabatical, very much so, putting 4 past Stoke and moving on in the league cup, and hopefully taking on a bit more confidence to do so in the league.

The thing is though, will Paul Hart tinker with his tried and trusted formation for Premiership matches, or will he go a bit gung-ho and 4-4-2?
My money is on the former, but with goals flying in, in the cup competition, maybe he will fancy trying in it in the league.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey have no new injury concerns, Smith, O'Hara and Boateng have shaken off their niggles, while John Utaka who has hardly figured of late sits this one out.
Piquionne may have forced his way into Hart's thinking, but would he drop Smith who has been one of our top performers of late, or even Dindane who he seems to rate higher than the Frenchman.

Player to watch: Dindane

Missed a few sitters against Spurs and fired another blank against Stoke, with Piquionne notching a couple, his place must be under threat unless he starts to deliver.

Wigan Team News:

Martinez has two absentees guaranteed, Maynor Figueroa has injured his knee and looks like having a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while King is just looking at a lengthy spell.
Jordi Gomez, one of the three amigos from Swansea may well step in for the honduran, while Scharner is struggling with Koumas waiting to take his place.
Perma-injured Kirkland is another really looking doubtful with a dislocated finger, Pollit is on standby.

Player to watch: Scotland

May not of set the Premiership on fire yet, but I bet he has fond memories of Pompey after tormenting last season with Swansea in the cup.

Match Facts & Stats

Wigan did the double over us last season, at home it was a last minute winner from Heskey that did us in a match we dominated, time to turn the tables?

Ref Watch:

Roderick Byers

Match Prediction:

We thumped in 4 midweek, is that enough to start the ball rolling? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn up there.




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Your Comments

Hope Brownie can spur us on against his old team, big game once more against unpredictable opposition
paultsmouth
3pts is a must tomorrow, anything less and i think we are done - sadly i think the same would be said of hart too, so lets hope he goes for it, not overly going for it, but a positive mindset from the off...
pompeyrug
Fingers crossed for tomorrow. Lets face it, that is what it comes down to now, cos we sure as hell are playing reasonably well. PUP
gandor1
Wigan fan in peace. 2-2 my prediction. Good luck for the rest of the season.
robin
Wigan fan. 1-2.
centrelink1
We have to win or that's it i'm afraid...Simples!
pentonpompey
hoping we can carry on where we left off on Tuesday Play up Pompey.
race
Yep....absolute total must win..... Anything else just ain't worth thinking about. Penton sums it up nicely. PUP....come on you Blues!!!
cornypomp
Yes Wigan have had more bad press than us the last couple of days! Pompey win this afternoon, I'm confident.
tracyc
Pompey will win. We have a confidence; I hope Piquionne plays upfront with Smith, and maybe Dindanne on the right hand side. Freddy will be up to it, for sure.
Pompey Malta
pompey win or draw. my best guess for scoreline. 1-0.
pompey--pessimist
 

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