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Pompey v Burnley





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Pompey end another turbulent week with a match at home to a side about successful away, as we are in general.
Pompey like to build up to a game by not playing the players/sacking the manager/changing hands, absolutely brilliant organisation.

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Anyone used to read Roy of the Rovers in the '80's? If you did you will be familiar with a team called Durrell's Palace, they were a skint side in a run down stadium trying to make their way, sound familiar?

Pompey tried to beat the survival drum once more after crashing out of the league cup to Villa, the drum is strarting to dull behind the off-field troubles though, it doesn't matter what the manager says, there is always a nice little bit of dirt that can drown it out, most of it Pompey's own doing.

Tomorrow's encounter has been described by Boateng as a 'must win', no doubt he has had a look at the fixtures and noticed that points look thin on the ground for a while, he has also indicated he would like to chip in with 10-12 goals, I reckon if he did he would be top scorer!

What worries me most is a little stat I throw up this time of year, every year. Pompey are awful in December, not just a theory but one that EastneyDave actually did a chart of a couple of years back, we are honestly hopeless in the Christmas month.

Pompey Team News:

Janice Kaboul is on a one match ban, this seems to hint that Vanden Borre may well come in on the right after being one of the few who did himself justice on tuesday, this would see Ben Haim switch to the centre with Wilson. Finnan is also near fitness, but I think we will go for the Belgian's more attacking instincts.
O'Hara and Boateng will step straight back in to the centre of midfield, but will Grant go all out and play 4-3-3? If so, Smith may get a recall in a three pronged attack, Pompey don't tend to keep many clean sheets, so we may as well try and outscore the opposition!

David James is another who make it, but will Grant risk him?

Player to watch: Boateng

Our starman is up for the battle, and if he wants 12 goals for the season, tomorrow is a fine place to start!

Burnley Team News:

Caldwell is on a ban after his dismissal last week, this enforces the first change in Burnley line up for 8 matches. Bikey looks favourite to drop back into defence with McDonald slipping into his spot.

David Nugent is ineligble for the game, shame, he could never score at Fratton anyway!

Player to watch: Eagles

The winger is flying at the moment, he scored last week at West Ham and will need to be closely monitored on the day.

Match Facts & Stats

The Jam were the band of the moment last time Burnley beat Pompey, we beat them in the league cup last season as well, the goalscorer on the day though will be watching from the stands, and hoping the clarets win!

Ref Watch:

Silverton Hutchison

Match Prediction:

Can Pompey give us fans some hope? or is tomorrow another nail into a rotting coffin? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Sunderland oop North

Date:Friday December 4 2009
Time: 8:38PM


The photo above is just a little reminder of the spirit we need from now on
04/12/2009 20:39:00
It was the season before that you beat us.Our last match against Portsmouth was in the Carling Cup competition. The match was played at Turf Moor in September 2007 and sadly for the Clarets we were knocked out losing 1-0 with the goal ironically scored by David Nugent!
04/12/2009 21:07:00
Did any one see the WC draw on BBC today? Immediately after the groups were announced by the horrible people, Linekar asked Motson what he thought of the teams and he mentioned that there are two Pompey players on the Algerian side. That's nice to know that you give an aging, old crusty football commentator a subject on the WC in 2010 and he talks about Portsmouth somehow.
04/12/2009 22:10:00
hey that'd be a first they've said something even remotely positive about us lysimachus lol
04/12/2009 22:22:00
theirs two pompey players who play for them so thats an easy 3 points..
04/12/2009 22:22:00
Better than Onion Koroman anyway.
04/12/2009 22:39:00
Its great that he mentened them.
Make or break time. It's all about the Avram tomorrow. Can he cut it? He certainly came across well in his interviews today, mentioning his wealth of experience. Can he get the players in the right mindset to close a game out?
05/12/2009 00:43:00
Agree Scum we need to win this one that's for sure and it is in Avrams hand to motivate the players
05/12/2009 08:45:00
Jeez Paul .. You dug deep for the Ref this week.. Silverton Hutchnson indeed ... The Coventry Automtics if I'm not wrong..
05/12/2009 08:47:00
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