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Leicester vs. Pompey

Smiths crisps stadium

19/3/11

15:00

Foxes v Pompey

Pompey travel up to the midlands once more to take on a man who was mooted for the Pompey job when floppy chops left, since then Pompey's finances of course took a serious turn for the waorse, while Leicester have enjoyed a far eastern boost in their balance.

Vital Quotes:

Eriksson has spoken as Pompey being possible play-off contenders still, the last two results have pegged us back a little, but like Leicester Pompey have had a great turnaround since the first couple of months of the season when we were both struggling at the foot of the table.
Cotterill has worked in the loan matrket to boost the blues ranks, while Eriksson has done similar, although he has had the back up to pay Premiership wage packets to lure the likes of Yakubu and Ricardo to the McCoy's stadium.

Leicester Team News:

Steve Howard is absent with a knee injury, Eriksson can call on the might of Yakubu though, the former Pompey man has hot and cold streaks as we all remember well, he started on fire but has hit a lull since, when he scores though he normally does in flurries. Darius Vassel will be a threat also, the ex-Villa man has been given another lease of life at Leicester.
Van Anholt has thigh injury but this will be countered by the return of fellow Chelsea loanee Bruma returning to the fold.

One player who looks like not feturing is Diomansy Kamara, his proposed loan move appears to have not been completed.

Player to watch: Naughton

Was pursued by Cotterill, looked like he might happen for a while but Eriksson stepped straight in when he arrived at the Wotsits stadium.

Pompey Team News:

Unless there any last minute injury problems, you can bet that pompey will be unchanged once more, Lawrence is back in contention but won't be rushed back in, at least his return has given our bench look a lot more threatening, along with Kanu and Mokoena it has plenty of nous to change a match.

Player to watch: Ward

He has become key component, his youthful energy has an empowering effect on the midfield, a few days rest will have done him wonders, along with Hogg he will be given the task of containing the Leicester thinkbox.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey of course slaughtered Leicester 6-1 a couple of days after defeat back in late september, it was the result that got our season up and running, but Pompey last won away to the ginger dogs back in 1994 when a Gerry Creaney inspired performance saw us win 3-0, overall we have won 10 and lost 22.

Ref Watch:

Simon Bird

Match Prediction:

If Pompey are to have a late assault on the play-off spots, now is the time to make their run, Leicester's own charge has slipped of late, but a 3-0 win at Scunthorpe has seen them get back on the rails. So who will come out of the game with renewed hope? Place your estimates here.

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Date:Saturday March 19 2011

Time: 11:13AM

Your Comments

I can't believe all those "premier league names"! Leicester must be minted. All the same though, we are going to win - I just know it. We are playing better away from home at the moment (even tho we did lose our last away). PUP PUP PUP!
Gandor1
Leicester are paying Yak an estimated 80,000 a week.... Next stop bankrupcy for them and we all know thats not nice
MickTait
Those EPL names couldn't stand the onslaught of mighty Pompey though Gandor could they. Definite playoff position now... no problem :-)
cornypomp
Yaaay - we did it! Wish I'd been there to see it - I listened on the radio and it sounded really good. Oh well, a nice well earned break now and then onward to Reading. I'll be there!
Gandor1
Well done boys, I shall neve forgive Leicester for that game on a very wet night at Fratton and stealing a 0-1 victoty.
MickTait
Gandor, you were right! We've done a double on someone! Yay! What is it about the clubs that Milan has owned in the past and their spending levels? Erikson doesn't come cheap either.
tracyc
:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) Got a big smile on my chops today... PUP-PPU...
cornypomp
 

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