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Pompey v Palace





Pompey have a 'break' from the league with the league cup and Palace's visit to Fratton on Tuesday night, not that the 'break' will see much change in terms of who is and who is not playing as we have little say on who can and cannot these days!

Vital Quotes:

People will argue what is best for us here, a brief debate between myself, Ken, Richie and Westwood before Preston left it none the clearer to me what people actually want?

Clearly we do not 'have the squad' to cope with a 'cup run' although do you not want to win every game you can, and cup games add money to the coffers, right? Wins 'should' breed confidence and we certainly need this so I have no qualms about saying I DO want us to win this game...

Pompey Team News:

John Utaka - hamstring - looks as though he will miss out again, having missed Preston at the week when virtually the whole team had an 'Utaka'. Hayden Mullins - knee - will fight on to play at right back against a former side, I think he won the player of the year with Palace, at least once?

All in all it will be 'as you were' once again, although 'wholesale changes' could, in fact should, see Matty Ritchie return to the side. One change equals wholesale these days!

Player to watch: Marc Wilson

He has been strongly 'linked' with West Brom again with a second bid of 3m plus add-ons turned down - he has had his moments since the Coventry and Stevenage games although quite how much his head has been turned remains to be seen?

We could do with a 'captains performance' tomorrow...Although with that double-edged sword in place if we do this 'might' increase the chances that he leaves!

Palace Team News:

Claude Davis - suspension - misses out after a sending off at the weekend, although loanee Pablo Counago could make his debut.

Having just exited administration themselves Palace have 'splashed the cash' to sign Edgar Davids, lack of fitness will 'probably' see him miss out.

Player to watch: Wilfred Zaha

I am reliably informed by Richie, who has a number or Palace fans as mates, that this young striker is 'one to watch' - so that settles that!

Match Facts & Stats

In 55 previous meetings in total Palace hold a 21-14 lead, with 20 draws. At Fratton we hold a 7-5 lead with 15 draws.

Pompey have not beaten Palace in the league cup before - in 4 games there have been 2 Palace wins and 2 draws, although both ties were played over two legs, I believe, that also means that we have failed to win a league cup against them on aggregate, away goals or anything...maybe Tuesday is the night!

Ref Watch:

Burt Weedon.

Match Prediction:

At home, even with depleted numbers, we 'should' be a match for anyone as the Fratton atmosphere often adds something to the performance. So long as we give a better showing than at Preston, in fact I DEMAND it, I will be happy enough, a win would make the journey back to Devon even better though.

Hedge your bets in the league cup predictions league here.

Next Fixtures:

After this game Cardiff and Craig Bellamy, oh I hate facing Bellamy, come to Fratton on Saturday in the no power league.


Join the Vital Pompey Debate


Date:Monday August 23 2010
Time: 8:55PM


I like the Carling - not for the money - but the fact that there are 8 or 9 players not properly match fit and a couple coming back from injury... a real good competitive training match that it it isn't a great loss if we lose might be just what we need after Deepdale... all for it... Personally, right now, with everything else, you could put James Beattie in a Pompey shirt and I'd cheer him on the pitch... if you don't given the fact POmpey FC is a serious cancer patient on life support you just aint loyal!
24/08/2010 11:55:00
Lets hope we can get some players fit! Come on Utak's, stay and prove them all wrong. You are better than Nuggat! Mind you, thats not hard is it. Play up Pompey, I'll be there again to watch your drabness. Dickinson.... shocking! Hughes....Shocking..... Ashdown.... Shocking....!!! COTTERILL, GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE YOU PLUM!!!
24/08/2010 14:20:00
I agree with Jim, but am also fearful of new injuries. I hope the ref brings his guitar (OK, I know it should be 'Bert').
24/08/2010 14:49:00
Always want Pompey to win every match, but that said I think I'll get over it if we go out the Carling tonight, I do think that the old adage of 'wanting to concentrate on the league is very apt'. I'd rather have 3 points on Saturday against Cardiff. But a good performance is certainly needed tonight.
24/08/2010 17:40:00
great opp to try some of those kids Vecccio tonight... but will he - some guys really need a confidence spring board
24/08/2010 18:43:00
can i listen to it tonite on the internet as its not a leauge game!!!??? why the ***** cant i listen to my football team !!!
24/08/2010 18:47:00
se thread on board... there's a 50 line instruction leaflet on getting it
24/08/2010 19:35:00
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