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Pompey v Birmingham





For a 2nd time in 4 days we welcome Birmingham to Fratton. Having dispatched of them in the FA cup we will be looking to build on a 'mini-run' by claiming all 3pts tonight.

If the players are as much up for this game as they were the weekend one then why not eh!

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Fratton was rocking on Saturday when we secured our place in the semi final of the cup - I am sure it will be a quality atmosphere tonight although sadly I doubt it will be much more than full, at best, to be honest...

Nevertheless we saw them off at the weekend, so why not do it again but this time in the league?

Wins breed confidence, we have now won back-to-back games for only the 2nd time this season, although the 2nd time this year it must be added.

Pompey Team News:

Hassan Yebda, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Tommy Smith - injury - all miss out and Aaron Mokoena and Anthony Vanden Borre are about 'doubtful'. Rocha John Rocha sits this one out through suspension as he completes this before 'probably' returning next Monday as he chases an unwanted hat-trick of red cards...

I suspect Avram Grant will tinker a little tonight, Quincy will start I reckon and I have this feeling that Jamie O'Hara 'might' be rested - I hope not, but as important as he was at the weekend, as ever, I could not help but think he was a little off the pace due to his back problem. We cannot take any risks with that, we will need him to face Fulham in the semi, failing that Villa or Chelski in the final!

Player to watch: Quincy

I will go for Quincy to 'cut em up' tonight - he will be keen to stake his claim for a semi final place so he will be up for it. Also against former sides, as Birmingham are for him, you often find a player has an especially good game.

Birmingham Team News:

Gary O'Connor - groin - and Lee Carsley - ankle - are both still out although Birmingham have no fresh injuries by all accounts. Michel, a January signing, should come into the side though.

Player to watch: Michel

To be honest I know little, in fact nothing, about the guy with the girls name but all the talk is that he will come in to make his 1st start for the club - I guess he will be keen to impress, right?

Match Facts & Stats

The last minute defeat at St Andrews early in the season - through a James McFadden penalty - leaves them on for the double, we cannot let another side complete the double over us!

Well that victory some 33-years in the making was secured at the weekend - we avenged that long FA cup wait by laying to rest that 1-0 defeat back in 1977. In doing so we extended our run to just 3 defeats in the last 11 meetings with Birmingham, and all of those defeats came away.

The last time they beat us at Fratton was back in September 1998, we lost 1-0 in what happened to be my first game at Fratton under floodlights incidentally...

Ref Watch:

Jenny Bellestar.

Match Prediction:

In many ways we won the 'more important' game against the Brummies, but I ALWAYS want to win, as I do tonight. Wins breed confidence, but can we secure a 3rd straight win for the first time in 15-months?

Hedge your bets in the predictions league here.

Next Fixtures:

After this game we go to Anfield next Monday as we aim to pull off our 2nd double of the season when we face Liverpool...


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Date:Tuesday March 9 2010
Time: 12:15PM


so, we gonna win again tonight guys?
09/03/2010 13:43:00
hmm not sure Rug, if they come out for revenge which i imagine they will we could be in trouble but as always the blue tinted specs are on and its got to be a pompey win, so i'll go with 2-1
09/03/2010 13:49:00
3-1 win, 3 wins in a row for the first time in 15-months - bring on the bin dippers as we go for 4 on the spin!
09/03/2010 14:25:00
Gotta be wary of the rebound tonight, but Alex McPorridgegobbler didn't sound too bouyant!!! Hoping for another win, and then the bin-dippers to keep the Greatest of escapes on the cards, 9 point deduction and all !!!!!!! Blimey, there's optimism. PUP
09/03/2010 14:28:00
Barney, you know what mate i am starting to get my optimism back - something i have been 'famous' for among the people i travel from devon with, sadly as it is because i have often been wrong with this optimism :-)
altho, i have started to sit up and think 'you know what, we 'could' just do this you know even with a pts peanlty!' - IF we win tonight it will make it interesting then WHEN we go and beat the dippers on monday people could well start thinking 'hello, could it really be on'...
09/03/2010 14:38:00
Hey, let's all presume we're down, but going to Wembley.....anything on top of that is a bonus !!!!!!! Court appearance aside........what to put on the betting slip for tonight tho???? 3-1, or 1-0 ? PUP
09/03/2010 15:37:00
3-1 Barney!
09/03/2010 15:40:00
Sink 'em again Pompey, they are there for the taking!
09/03/2010 18:04:00
Expecting the loss - well annoyed tonight. Got offered a ticket for a tenner yesterday, but I'd already booked to play squash. Cancelling squash would mean a late cancellation fee so opted to play squash rather than pay nearly 30 (I'm skint by the way!). Got to the court, realised they'd double booked and we couldn't play (despite me booking a week in advance). Not happy - cos I could've gone to the game. Still, not too bothered about the result - we're down anyway, and to be honest we won the more important quarter-final. Ho Hum, Bah Humbug etc etc. Think I'm just in a bad mood. I'm off to play FIFA online, can't even bear to listen to the game.
09/03/2010 20:32:00
Miss Utaka!
09/03/2010 21:10:00
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