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Cardiff vs. Pompey

Cardiff City Stadium

16-04-2011

3pm

Cardiff v Pompey

More often than not we have been better away from home this season, we have another chance to prove this - and throw a spanner in the works of a promotion chasing side - when we head to Cardiff on Saturday.

Vital Quotes:

Cardiff will be looking for 'revenge' following our FA cup final win over them a few years back.

Victory for them will move them a step closer to the 'promised land' where we were when we beat them to lift the FA cup, which 'should' give them added incentive to want to do so especially those still around from that May day in 2008...

Many of our players are, or at least seem to be, going through the motions now, if this remains the case we could get spanked good and proper!

Cardiff Team News:

Stephen McPhail - 'niggling injury' - is battling to be fit although one man this is definitely out is Michael Chopra - hamstring - so that is one less attacking threat for us to worry about.

Player to watch: Jay Bothroyd

The guy has struggled for goals since his England call-up earlier in the season although he still has 18 for the season and I have little doubt he will cause problems for us.

Pompey Team News:

Hayden Mullins - suspension - is out after his sending off against Coventry, following a failed appeal against this.

Liam Lawrence - hamstring - got on in the 2nd half against Coventry so will almost certainly come back into the starting line-up in place of Mullins.

Steve Cotterill has a pretty much full strength squad to select from although one of the loanees will again miss out, I would think Ibrahima Sonko again as he has in recent weeks.

Player to watch: Liam Lawrence

To be honest I do not think that we missed the guy too much earlier in the season when he was injured although he does make us tick to be honest when at his best. If he is 'ticking' then others should follow...

Match Facts & Stats

In 56 previous meetings in total Pompey hold a 23-19 lead, with 14 draws. Away though we are 11-10 behind with 7 draws.

The last meeting came in August with Cardiff winning 2-0 at Fratton, the meeting before that was of course the FA cup final in May 2008, which we won 1-0.

The last meeting between these two sides in a league game at Cardiff, at their old Ninian Park ground, came way back in October 1984 when we won 2-1 in the old second division.

Ref Watch:

Tres Cool.

Match Prediction:

Pompey are on a poor run, although we have won 3 of our last 5 away. Cardiff are up into 2nd and have automatic promotion in their own hands. This makes for only one outcome, right? Or does it...

Make your prediction here.

Next Fixtures:

Next up sees the Welsh coming to Fratton, and another promotion chasing one at that, Swansea.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 15 2011

Time: 5:42PM

Your Comments

Anything could happen as it has this season... we could win as we did at Swansea and Norwich, were owed one from last week and we owe them one for earlier in the season. But logic says we should lose a close game... 2-1 to Cardiff but hoping for more!
pompeyweller
I've gone for a Pompey win but I suspect they will get tonked, they simply can't deal with a team of any skill level that comes at them.
Russellm
we have been better away from home, on the whole, this season. so given this and the crazy world that is the nopower even tho everything says that cardiff should win - and quite comfortably - i am going for a pompey win!
is that my heart ruling me head...
pompeyrug
Cheers again for doing preview Rug, not confident, but going for a scoring draw!
paultsmouth
The result is what i thought it may have been, its seems that perhaps we are just riding a wave until the end of the season now (tho that is coming from someone who has only seen a 30 second snippet of any match this season)
NZ_Portsmuff
Uter Sh1t
MickTait
Still Rocha will only miss 4 matches, that's easter off then. And for us it's time for the Axe
MickTait
 

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