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Pompey vs. Cardiff

Fratton

27-08-2011

3pm

Pompey v Cardiff

Pompey welcome the only Welsh side left in the nopower to Fratton on Saturday afternoon with Cardiff the visitors - their rivals Swansea now ply their trade in the 'promised land' of the premier league.

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Whilst Cardiff 'might' have avenged their FA cup final defeat a little with a double over us last season no amount of league wins will ever really compensate for being beaten finalists will it, right?

Plenty of things at both clubs are very different since that Wembley day out in 2008 without a doubt, in fact a lot at both clubs is also quite different since last season!

Pompey Team News:

Options, what are options?

Well these are something that Steve Cotterill finally seems to have, with more 'possible' before the transfer window closes too! With no injuries or suspensions to cope with he has the option of being able to leave players out of the match day squad of 16, will The Herminator and Christian Dailly both again be among those left out...

Eric Huseklepp and Benjani are pushing for starts, at least one of them should get it as Kanu's 63-year-old legs surely cannot manage another start. Cotts 'may' even going 4-4-2?

New signing Marko Futacs is eligible I would think although if he even makes the 16 it would be slightly surprising.

Player to watch: Jason Pearce

A solid foundation is built from the back and with Jason Pearce part of this back line we now look pretty solid. He is a good 'old fashioned' defender that you love to have in your side, well I know I do!

I also look forward to seeing what Eric the Viking and Benji can do at the other end, both will get a 'decent' amount of time on the pitch I would have thought...

Cardiff Team News:

Many players have come and gone for Cardiff this summer, so it will be a quite different side that we see - many will still be names known to us though.

One that might not be though is Filip Kiss, he is looking to feature for the first time since his loan arrival.

Aron Gunnarsson - ankle - is fit again so 'should' be involved.

Player to watch: Peter Whittingham

One of so many players PFC have been 'linked' with in recent weeks is Cardiff's former Villa man Peter Whittingham - someone I would have been very happy to see at Fratton to tell the truth.

He stayed and will be an important player for the Welsh side again this season. Hopefully not too important on the day though eh!

Match Facts & Stats

In 50 previous league meetings in total Pompey hold a 20-17 lead, with 13 draws.

The last meeting came in April with Cardiff winning 3-0 in Wales, the meeting before that at Fratton was also won by Cardiff almost a year ago to the day in August, 2-0 on that occasion.

Cardiff has actually lost only once in the last 10 league meetings between the sides with us failing to score in 7 of the last 9 games we have played against them - gulp! Although things do change, right...

Ref Watch:

Tres Cool.

Match Prediction:

To be honest I do not really know what the deal is with Cardiff these days but I would, maybe being blinkered, say we are arguably favourites!

What say you, make your prediction here.

Next Fixtures:

The transfer deadline comes along on Wednesday then an 'international break' means we have a bit of a rest. When we return it is off to West Ham.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 26 2011

Time: 11:20PM

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Cheers for preview rug, I'm involved in 'Boro football tournament all weekend, there last night, off there now, flying visit to Fratton and back there tomorrow!
paultsmouth
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27/08/2011 07:36:00

Cheers for preview rug, I'm involved in 'Boro football tournament all weekend, there last night, off there now, flying visit to Fratton and back there tomorrow!
paultsmouth
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27/08/2011 07:36:00

We really have to start getting our home form back and the 12th man. To do that we need to attack teams at home and with the two new additions it is now the first time since cotts has been here that he has options in attack .. Would like to see a 4,4,2 with same team as Bristol but kanu rested and huseklepp to start.. The best way to use kanu is from the bench if u are in the lead he can hold the ball up so well.. And now we have player like varney Huss and Benjani who can run behind defences this should give him the opatunity to thrive and do what he does best in the closing stages of games thred balls threw to these stikers. 3-1 Pompey Lawrence varney Huss
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27/08/2011 08:11:00

We really have to start getting our home form back and the 12th man. To do that we need to attack teams at home and with the two new additions it is now the first time since cotts has been here that he has options in attack .. Would like to see a 4,4,2 with same team as Bristol but kanu rested and huseklepp to start.. The best way to use kanu is from the bench if u are in the lead he can hold the ball up so well.. And now we have player like varney Huss and Benjani who can run behind defences this should give him the opatunity to thrive and do what he does best in the closing stages of games thred balls threw to these stikers. 3-1 Pompey Lawrence varney Huss
pompeyhussler
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27/08/2011 08:11:00

Good luck boys, sorry I won't be there. Well put rug, no matter how many times they beat us, nothing will surpass that famous day on 17th May 2008. Forever in our hearts & minds. No time for the welsh in Englands football leagues, have little time for them so I hope we stuff them.
storagematt
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27/08/2011 09:44:00

Good luck boys, sorry I won't be there. Well put rug, no matter how many times they beat us, nothing will surpass that famous day on 17th May 2008. Forever in our hearts & minds. No time for the welsh in Englands football leagues, have little time for them so I hope we stuff them.
storagematt
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27/08/2011 09:44:00

What ever next it will be the Scottish wanting to join our leauges
pompeyhussler
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27/08/2011 09:57:00

What ever next it will be the Scottish wanting to join our leauges
pompeyhussler
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27/08/2011 09:57:00

we are due a win but it wont be easy - I think it will be very tight again heart says 2-1 head says 1-1 with players still to bed in fully.... but as with any game in the championship these days Cardiff could also win it!! 1-1 the percentage call, as ever I am hoping for more! My tip of the week... Boro to beat Coventry & Leicester to beat S'ton - the double is 3-1... PuP
pompeyweller
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27/08/2011 10:04:00

we are due a win but it wont be easy - I think it will be very tight again heart says 2-1 head says 1-1 with players still to bed in fully.... but as with any game in the championship these days Cardiff could also win it!! 1-1 the percentage call, as ever I am hoping for more! My tip of the week... Boro to beat Coventry & Leicester to beat S'ton - the double is 3-1... PuP
pompeyweller
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27/08/2011 10:04:00

01 Ashdown 02 Ward 05 Pearce 15 Halford 26 Ben-Haim 07 Lawrence 08 Mullins 10 Huseklepp 19 Norris 11 Varney 18 Kitson Substitutes 13 Henderson, 03 Rocha, 04 Mokoena, 25 Mwaruwari, 27 Kanu
PFCblue
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27/08/2011 15:00:00

01 Ashdown 02 Ward 05 Pearce 15 Halford 26 Ben-Haim 07 Lawrence 08 Mullins 10 Huseklepp 19 Norris 11 Varney 18 Kitson Substitutes 13 Henderson, 03 Rocha, 04 Mokoena, 25 Mwaruwari, 27 Kanu
PFCblue
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27/08/2011 15:00:00

Boring!
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2011 15:52:00

Boring!
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2011 15:52:00

Sounds dull as hell
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:20:00

Sounds dull as hell
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:20:00

Benji now on: so come on Pompey lets liven it up!!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:22:00

Benji now on: so come on Pompey lets liven it up!!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:22:00

Two off the line in 5mins!!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:27:00

Two off the line in 5mins!!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:27:00

OFFS!!! COME ON!!!!!!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:31:00

OFFS!!! COME ON!!!!!!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:31:00

Livened in the wrong direction 0-1
PFCblue
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27/08/2011 16:33:00

Livened in the wrong direction 0-1
PFCblue
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27/08/2011 16:33:00

Long Live the KING! Goal, at last: 1-1
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2011 16:49:00

Long Live the KING! Goal, at last: 1-1
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2011 16:49:00

We do sound very so so< Hoseclip sounds like he needs time, Benji sounds like he's not match fit, Lawrence sounds as fat as I thought he was!....On the plus side, Pearce and Ben Haim sound very decent
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:54:00

We do sound very so so< Hoseclip sounds like he needs time, Benji sounds like he's not match fit, Lawrence sounds as fat as I thought he was!....On the plus side, Pearce and Ben Haim sound very decent
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:54:00

1-1....Well thats good for my predictions league at least, would of preffered 3pts tho!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:55:00

1-1....Well thats good for my predictions league at least, would of preffered 3pts tho!
pentonpompey
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27/08/2011 16:55:00

A good summary Penton. Hoseclip was disappointing after his last appearance, but early days. TBH m-o-t-m again?
PFCblue
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27/08/2011 17:55:00

A good summary Penton. Hoseclip was disappointing after his last appearance, but early days. TBH m-o-t-m again?
PFCblue
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27/08/2011 17:55:00

TBH is going to surprise us all this season, me guess!
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2011 18:59:00

TBH is going to surprise us all this season, me guess!
Pompey Malta
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27/08/2011 18:59:00

surprise us all... excuse me! lol i said months ago if he stayed he'd be a fantastic addition, he's a class player was always gonna be good in this league
pompeym@
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27/08/2011 22:03:00

surprise us all... excuse me! lol i said months ago if he stayed he'd be a fantastic addition, he's a class player was always gonna be good in this league
pompeym@
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27/08/2011 22:03:00

as for the game, a lot of positives if you ask me, we are solid as you like at the back and that can't be under estimated. Our midfield's not bad either, we could do with a bit more creativity but begs and all that and from the amount of goal line clearances etc it sounds like our attacking line is getting there, a bit slower than we'd like but it'll click soon i think. and SC has admitted he worked the team a bit too hard this week so hopefully next game they'll look a lot sharper/fitter
pompeym@
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27/08/2011 22:06:00

as for the game, a lot of positives if you ask me, we are solid as you like at the back and that can't be under estimated. Our midfield's not bad either, we could do with a bit more creativity but begs and all that and from the amount of goal line clearances etc it sounds like our attacking line is getting there, a bit slower than we'd like but it'll click soon i think. and SC has admitted he worked the team a bit too hard this week so hopefully next game they'll look a lot sharper/fitter
pompeym@
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27/08/2011 22:06:00

well 1-1 is a better result than last season and i think once benjani gets match fit & husseklepp gets used to playing in this league we'll score some goals and with our defence looking good i think we'll do ok this season. its a shame we couldn't bundle the ball over the line with the 2 goal line clearances but we'll get there
pompey4ever
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27/08/2011 22:18:00

well 1-1 is a better result than last season and i think once benjani gets match fit & husseklepp gets used to playing in this league we'll score some goals and with our defence looking good i think we'll do ok this season. its a shame we couldn't bundle the ball over the line with the 2 goal line clearances but we'll get there
pompey4ever
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27/08/2011 22:18:00

 

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