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Coventry V Pompey

Coventry
vs.
Pompey

Ricoh

7/8/10

15:00

All the legal stuff has been shelved for now, the lawyers can slip back into the background and Pompey can concentrate on something else, something that has played second fiddle for far too long, football.

Vital Quotes:

As has been the way for almost a year now, all quotes have been about money and tax evasion etc. But Pompey are back in a division we are more than familiar with, and back with a squad that is not too bad on the surface but paper thin if you scratch the top.

Coventry Team News:

Coventry are now managed by none other than Aidy boothroyd, he won a few fans at Watford in their short-lived Premiership adventure and is a fine young manager.
Gunarsson is the big worry for Watford, he faces a late test to make the game, while recent recruit Steven O'Halloran definitely misses out.
Boothroyd has a been a busy man close season, Roy Donovan, Lee Carsley, Gary McSheffrey, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Richard Keogh and Clive Platt have all been recruited and await debuts.

Player to watch: McShefferey

He was a crowd favourite at City before joining Birmingham, goals flowed freely before he left for the golden lights and he will be hoping to step into his old Sky Blue form.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey give a second debut to Jamie Ashdown, weeks after he was released he returns to grab the No 1 jersey after waiting so long in the shadows.
Aaron Mokoena has returned from Africa, and by all accounts sounds in good condition.
Sonko should partner him defence, paving the way for Wilson to pull the strings in midfield. Left-back may prove a problem for Pompey with Jordan making an 11th hour U-turn, Matt Ritchie may well fill in after impressing there against Fulham.
David Nugent will get a chance to become a 'flat-track bully' once more, last time he played in the Championship he was good enough for England! John Utaka may partner him after proposed transfer deals failed to arrive, Kanu is till in contract limbo unless a quick resolve has missed us, while Boateng is also a blue still, he however is making waves off the pitch at the moment and will probably only make the bench at best.

Player to watch: Nugent

He is a big fish in a little pond once more, if he wants a Premiership chance once more he needs to do the business lower down again.

Match Facts & Stats

We met of course twice last season, Mokoena saw us home at the on-set of a cup run to the final, whilst the last time we met in the league was our glorious promotion season with a 4-0 thumping at the Ricoh.

Ref Watch:

Jah Wobble

Match Prediction:

Back to prediction times again! Will Pompey's 'win' in the court spur them onto 3 points or will the disappointment of last term hang over us? Place your bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Stevenage in deepest Hertfordshire.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday August 6 2010
Time: 9:13PM

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Comments

0
Ah can't wait to see us playing again.
Pompey Malta
06/08/2010 22:26:00
0
Paultsmouth, you been on any of the sky blue sites? They don't seem very confident, they even seem resigned to defeat; it's as if they've been into Admin, dragged through the courts and avoided their tax bill: it's brilliant ! I dwore I'd never do it again but I'm putting my tenner on a Pompey win!
russellm
06/08/2010 23:24:00
0
Haven't had a look mysekf Russell, but I'm feeling a whole lot more confident, yesterday was a massive boost
paultsmouth
07/08/2010 00:10:00
0
almost time to leave, cannot wait - well up for it!!
pompeyrug
07/08/2010 08:31:00
0
Pompey overturn the odds and the sky blues Russellm ACTUALLY GETS a return on his tenner. Common sense says that won't happen but when has common sense interfere at Pompey. After the win away against HMRC im not sure the embargo will be lifted in time but we have a every chance of surviving.
russellm
07/08/2010 09:22:00
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I hadn't thought of going to this match until after the judgement, and suddenly I desperately wanted to go. But mrtracyc is working this morning, and we wouldn't make it there in time. I really think the momentum of the judgement and the significance of it will push us through to a win this afternoon. It might just be a good season after all y'know. Play Up Pompey!
tracyc
07/08/2010 09:26:00
0
russ - that legendary "tenner game" again? after last season I thought you would give up!!! ive gone for pompey draw no bet @ 2.375 but just 6. lol.
pompey--pessimist
07/08/2010 09:47:00
0
Lol pessimist, I really thought I'd convinced myself that this year I wouldn't do it but the bookies sent me a petition claiming that my bets on pompey were the only thing that cheated them up. Reading your post, SHOCKED I am! Some people might consider betting on a draw bordering on- dare I say it - optimistic.
russellm
07/08/2010 10:21:00
0
tracyc should remind mrtracyc who wears the trousers at the werkend, and that she is the best thing that ever happened to him. He will then drive directly to the Ricoh.
russellm
07/08/2010 10:24:00
0
lol russell.... ive gone for draw no bet.... so i am betting on POMPEY to win but if its a draw I get my 6 back =). lol at mrtracyc. i would go to coventry but its 10:30 and i have never been there, and I know no one there.... oh and petrol/ticket money. pretty pathetic excuses really!
pompey--pessimist
07/08/2010 10:32:00
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