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Chelsea pensioners vs. Pompey

Stamford bridge

8/1/12

15:00

Chelsea V Pompey

Not so long ago, a standard premier league fixture, now the teams are poles apart.
The cup is supposed to be a great leveller though, we shall see.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey have been written off in some quarters already, I read on one Chelsea site headlines like 'a big win needed to boost morale' and 'another FA cup win looks likely', I couldn't help but think Pompey may as well not turn up!

Pompey have their problems of course, mainly financial, team spirit is no concern whatsoever though, Appleton has bonded the team well and displays are on the up.

The same cannot be said for Chelsea however, cash flow is second to none, but the senior players seem to be at ones with their young manager, the very public display when Ramires scored midweek was quite frankly embarassing, it all points to papering over cracks.

Most will remember that this is a replay of the 2010 cup final, a torrent of water has passed under the bridge since then, Pompey are unrecognisable from that team, even further so from the team that triumphed a mere 4 years back.

Chelsea pensioners Team News:

Chelsea are without Drogba and Kalou who have both flown out to Africa, also a doubt is John Terry, he always seems to make a miraculous recovery though.

Player to watch: Sturridge

Having a great season so far, with Drogba away, he will be the main man even ahead of Torres.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will have no Mattock as we wait for his return on Monday, Joel Ward and Halford will boost the squad though after serving their bans, Varney and Rocha still looking like coming up short in their fitness battles.

Hermann Hreidarsson may well make the team at left back, Appleton is very much a man for playing players in their positions, as a left footer this may be his way back with no other natural options.

Player to watch: Futacs

Taking like a duck to water in the second level, premiership defences are different however, but Chelsea are a little suspect ijn the air at the back.

Match Facts & Stats

1-0 at Wembley last time we met of course, the last time we had any success was before the Beatles though.

Ref Watch:

Simon Pegg

Match Prediction:

Click here to make your prediction - FA Cup: Chelski v Pompey.

Next Fixtures:

West Ham at Fratton next week




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 7 2012

Time: 7:53PM

Your Comments

really looking forward to this game. i am not sure why but this is, probably, the most 'excited' i have got about a game in sometime - scum aside - i think it is because it is the FA cup and i love the cup.
'funny things' happen when it comes to the cup so maybe today is going to be our day...
pompeyrug
Hard luck guys, the score flattered us, you were not that bad, in fact on another day you could have won it!
merlin
John Terry: Racist thug and disgrace to his profession - I'm Embarrassed that he wears the England shirt let alone the armband - This bully must be stopped .. a cheating 'rest'.. an elbow that nearly took off Ryan Williams nose ad an forearm smash on Fuctus .... I best he sleeps well at night ... Seriously I do .. he probably thinks he's a hard man... nuff said.
Chix
I also liked his kung fu kick in the second half. Should have been a red for sure Chix. he doesn't half shoot himself in the foot. if you're in the public eye then you keep your head down and go about your business quietly. not JT...
PompeyJake
wish that post had spikes on it, terrys a ****
Super Bock 1898
only called him a cnút
Super Bock 1898
Terry is the reason I did not travel to Chelsea for the game. I absolutely cannot stand the man. He looks what he is - a thug.
gandor1
 

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