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Pompey v Cardiff





The second of what will be three straight games at home sees Cardiff come to Fratton looking for some form of revenge for the FA cup final. This will arguably, well not really arguably, be our toughest test of the season to date. So, if we can overcome this we could be up and running in the no power league for sure.

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It might have been a cup game but psychologically we have that monkey off our back of not beating a championship side so far, following the win over Palace during the week.

Win breed confidence, so a wins a win and a win over a decent championship side too 'should' help us going into the game with Cardiff, right?

Pompey Team News:

Dave Nugent - twisted ankle - needs a fitness test, if he makes it or not remains to be seen? John Utaka - hamstring strain - has returned to training this week so 'should' be part of the squad.

Kanu was 'expected' to sign his new contract, be that a 1 or 3-year one, although so far nothing has been announced so it is doubtful that he would have made the deadline to be registered in time? This makes it unlikely The King will feature, but you never know...

Options remain limited, and they 'could' be limited even more if Marc Wilson does not feature, and with a move to Stoke, probably, pending would any chances be taken? Perhaps it will be completed before the game anyway.

Player to watch: Michael Brown

Mikey has been a driving force in our midfield for sometime, with Marc Wilson's departure all but nailed down now he will have extra responsibility thrust onto him - and I am not talking about the captaincy, which 'probably' will be given to him, I mean the added workload. So far he has really looked up for it, long may this continue.

Cardiff Team News:

Andy Keogh - signed from Wolves - is 'in line' to make his Cardiff debut although Michael Chopra and Darcy Blake - both ankle - are doubtful. Kevin McNaughton - hamstring - is also a doubt.

Player to watch: Craig Bellamy

It could not really be anyone else could it, and not just because he is 'the big fish' at Cardiff at the moment! He ALWAYS causes us problems no matter who he is playing for. He is a pest, but a pest that you love to have playing for you but hate him against you.

Match Facts & Stats

In 55 previous meetings in total, incidentally the same number of meetings we had seen with Palace prior to the league cup meeting, we hold a 23-18 lead, with 14 draws. At Fratton we hold a 12-7 lead with 7 draws.

Pompey, that was of course the FA cup final in 2008 when we won 1-0, won the most recent meeting. The last time Cardiff beat us was in the league cup in the 1995/96 season, 1-0 at Ninian Park.

The last league meeting was in the old 2nd division in the 1984/85 season at Fratton when the game ended 0-0 - you have to go back to an old 3rd division meeting in the 1982/83 season to find Cardiff's last league win, this was also at Ninian Park.

Ref Watch:

Tom Jones.

Match Prediction:

Cardiff have had their own problems recently, despite thoughts otherwise I am not convinced that they are over them. What I do know is they have plenty of quality about them and will be the favourites to win here, although the Fratton support 'could' make a big difference as it did during the week.

Hedge your bets in the predictions league here.

Next Fixtures:

After this game Ipswich come to Fratton - in what will be a 3rd home game running - in the no power league, although this is after the international break on Saturday September 11th.


Join the Vital Pompey Debate


Date:Friday August 27 2010
Time: 3:36PM


I've just put a 10 on a 2-1 pompey win (now known as the weekly waste) I shall do the same in the prediction league although I fear Pompey will struggle to get a point.
27/08/2010 18:24:00
Formation for a win;Pompey 11 men any arrangement; Cardiff down to 10 men Bellamy off, any arrangement
27/08/2010 18:31:00
Sorry for yet another post but; does this mean no Wilson or replacements Kitson or Lawrence tomorrow ? If yes that's stupid.
27/08/2010 18:46:00
ashdown,ward,mokoena,sonko,dick,mullins,brown,hughes, ritchie,smith,nugent... subs,flahavan,kanu,hughes,pack,cifici, 4,4,2 lets get at them we are at home....
27/08/2010 20:12:00
Tom Jones as ref, that's unusual...bound to be biased with a moniker like that.
plymouth graham
28/08/2010 13:33:00
Wilson starts, Nuge and Utaka both fit enough to start, no Kanu yet.
28/08/2010 14:29:00
28/08/2010 15:47:00
0-2 Cardiff top, Pompey bottom atm.
28/08/2010 16:20:00
Wilson does 'some' good stuff but frankly he won't be missed for his kamakaze passing and dwelling on the ball, which has cost us goals this season, and as for sonko surely the trades description act must of been broken with him masquerading as a footballer, what a joke. At least it takes the emphassis of criticism off the pi$$ poor finishing and general build up play of 14million pounds worth of 'attacking talent' we had up front. and don't get me started on the tortoise crabs in midfield
Super Bock 1898
28/08/2010 17:42:00
Ashdown and Mokeona escape my criticism this week, actually feel sorry for them having such incompetence around them, and thats not something I say too often about jamie
Super Bock 1898
28/08/2010 17:46:00
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