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Pompey vs. Villa

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18/4/10

16:00

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Pompey v Villa

Pompey's farewell to the Premiership is approaching fast, as the teams run out we will welcome the side who first greeted us to the top flight 7 long years ago, Aston Villa.

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Villa were still in with a shout of Champions league football a couple of weeks ago and in a Wembley semi-final, since then it has gone a bit lopsided, first the league form tailed off and then Chelsea saw them off with three late goals at Wembley, all this after a disputed penalty early on never went their way.

Avram has laughed off all threats of an inquiry into our 'weakened' side midweek, the team included two debutants, but was good enough to hold a desperate Wigan and included probably the two top performers on the day.

Pompey Team News:

Avram will not risk anyone with even the slightest of knocks, Ashdown should start again, but with two clean sheets in his last outings we can hardly complain.
O'Hara has a back injury that is meant to threaten his chances of a Wembley showpiece, I reckon this is also linked to his bookings situation which is close to earning him another ban.
Matt Ritchie took the M.O.M plaudits in the local rag, while Joel Ward earned the same on this site, don't bet against either figuring again today.
Buster Boateng is a victim of the Icelandic fallout, stranded in Hamburg, he supposed to be returning by car, but you can probably count on him missing out.

Tommy 'Phantom of the Opera' Smith should get another chance to push his claims for Wembley involvement, while Kanu is one game away from a re-newed contract, this should see him dip out, likewise Dindane who has clearance for the final, but negotiations on with Lens go on.

Player to watch: Ritchie

The boy from Gosport has made the breakthrough and will be desperate to impress the fans he counts himself anong, he has been here since he was 8 and has the club at his heart.

Villa Team News:

Villa probably can't wait for the season to end, it promised so much but has flat-lined of late, Uefa football is still on for next season, but it is scant consolation for silverware or Champions football.

Warnock should return after limping off midweek, while O'Neill has no new injury concerns, Reo-Coker and Harewood are the only long term absentees.

Player to watch: Agbonlahor

He is an England hopeful but just outside the squad right now, he is however one of the brightest prospects of the fringe list, he will be a threat, Heskey is present as well of course, he gets about 3 a season, normally a couple against us!

Match Facts & Stats

16/8/03 was the day, Pompey were all new and shiny, and a goal apiece from Sheringham and Berger saw us home with a 2-1 win, Barry getting red-carded if I recall, since then we have only triumphed twice more, both in 2008 when the side was inspired by Muntari, no points since however as 3 straight defeats have seen us off.

Ref Watch:

Ray Davies

Match Prediction:

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Date:Sunday April 18 2010

Time: 10:51AM

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finally, surely, going to get to see ritchie play as he makes his home debut - still gutted i missed the wigan game and his full debut. what price a goal at the fratton end eh...
pompeyrug
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18/04/2010 12:23:00

Also worth noting that we haven't conceded in nearly 6 hours of football, would love to Ritchie get on the scoresheet, 14/1 says he scores first.
PompeyFrippy
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18/04/2010 12:55:00

I hope that at least we have James on the bench. I don't recall any PL team having no sub keeper. It is just too emberassing. Perhaps Yebda will be involved today. Another 0-0 will do!
Pompey Malta
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18/04/2010 13:07:00

Whatever happens you have a good day. Playing a team like Villa means you should be safe from the threat of serious injury.
SFC Forever
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18/04/2010 13:32:00

I was doing something this time last week, can't remember what?...
paultsmouth
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18/04/2010 14:00:00

Can we request that the ref sings Lola at half time? It is one of my favourite songs as long as he has the brought the Kinks with him.
blueexile
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18/04/2010 14:30:00

We played well today, don't think james milner deserved man of the match, mine would have been brown I was impressed with him today. I was also very impressed with sowah today good to see we've got a good few promison youngsters come through the ranks
PFC-Jono
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18/04/2010 21:17:00

beaten but not outplayed really - did not deserve to lose, but hey ho! browny would be one that i would think has a chance at being player of the season...bar a patch around christmas i think he has been excellent this season, and to think i was not best pleased when he returned!
pompeyrug
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18/04/2010 21:49:00

With Andy Gray commentating and Merson deciding he no longer loves Pompey would you have expected anyone but a Villa player to get MOM?
paultsmouth
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18/04/2010 21:54:00

 

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