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Pompey vs. Reading

Fratton

14/8/10

15:00

Pompey v Reading

Pompey play their Fratton curtain raiser against a familiar foe tomorrow, and a foe that generally provide a good value for goals opponent. The last time the two met at Fratton it provided the biggest goals aggregate the Premiership has witnessed, also it was the most goals for I have ever witnessed!

Vital Quotes:

Both teams come into the game after opening day defeat, pompey of course succumbed to coventry, while Reading crashed at home to Scunthorpe.
Likewise both teams fallen from grace of late, Pompey obviously a bit more spectacularly, but Reading were gracing the Premiership themselves until a couple of years back and nearly made a late run back up last term.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will have Carl Dickinson to boost our ranks, if he is even 10% the player his namesake was we will love him, he will no doubt take the left-back spot, this will in turn free up Matt Ritchie to push forward.
Captain Marc Wilson will again play in midfield after his proposed transfer out was blown out of the water, while Mokoena should partner Sonko in defence after missing the midweek game due to International duty.
Stevenage goal hero Ciftci will probably drop to the bench along with Joel Ward with mullins falling back to fill in.
If John Utaka plays is anyones guess, every club he has been linked with have not been forthcoming, I suppose they must send scouts out!

Player to watch: Dickinson

Maybe a predictable choice as a new signing, but he is supposed to be a wholehearted player who loves a tackle, that seems to fit perfectly into the Pompey mould.

Reading Team News:

Reading have a few injury worries themselves, striker twinforce Church and Long are struggling, while McAnuff and Jay Tabb both missed the midweek fixture at Torquay.

Player to watch: Gunarrson

The veteran midfielder will have a ding-dong with Brown, whoever comes out on top will have the biggest influence on the match.

Match Facts & Stats

7-3 last time out at Fratton, that coincided with a goal drought at fratton afterwards though lasting until Christmas time, Pompey have won 15 of the 31 competitive games between the two, losing 7.

Ref Watch:

Vaughan Toulouse

Match Prediction:

Who will triumph out on the day then? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

away to Preston.


The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 13 2010

Time: 8:27PM

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my tenner on a win, in the predictions league ive gone 2-1 pompey; risky scorers though i think i went slaka and nugent. Remeber we are above them- ok its becuse of the alphabet but i think for palyer attraction we need to finish the day above them.
russellm
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13/08/2010 20:39:00

player to watch Slaka, he does so little and so little so well; its amazing to watch
russellm
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13/08/2010 20:45:00

Think you'll find they are above us, curtesy of goals scored Russ
paultsmouth
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13/08/2010 21:35:00

With Mokoena, Smith and Dickinson in, will we fill the bench?
wellyit
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13/08/2010 22:00:00

Buga it Paultsmouth you're right? So by the end of tomorrow we need me to be right.
russellm
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13/08/2010 23:01:00

Go and score 2 and you will be above them. 2-1 to you
stellarnw
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14/08/2010 10:36:00

looking forward to this one - 2-1 pompey i reckon, or is that the heart talking...
pompeyrug
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14/08/2010 11:23:00

This is possibly the last chance im giving Utaka :P I still think he has it in him. But theres something just wrong.
Pompey_Ritam
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14/08/2010 12:14:00

 

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