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Bring on the Burnley

Portsmouth
vs.
Burnley

Fratton Park

31-03-2012

3pm

The term 'must win' has been thrown around a lot in the last few weeks, and so far, Pompey have only won 2 of their 4 'must win' games. On Saturday, the Blues hope to make it 3 from 5 as Burnley visit Fratton Park for what will be Portsmouth's 8th and final game in March.

Vital Quotes:

A win for Pompey could see them climb out of the drop zone just weeks after being assigned as 'dead certs' for the plunge to League 1, but with 6 tough games still to play there could be a number of twists and turns left in the title race.

Portsmouth Team News:

Pompey escaped unscathed from Tuesday's victory over Hull, with Joel Ward shaking off a knock he received in the first half to last the 90 minutes. After resting Ricardo Rocha, Appleton will have a tough decision in regards to bringing him back in or sticking with the impressive 17-year old Karim Rekik, who was very impressive on his debut for the club.

Player to watch: Luke Varney

Varney hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders of late, and with Maguire being our star man in the last few games, Luke will be looking to remind the manager and the fans that he can be a creditable threat.

Burnley Team News:

Eddie Howe's men have had an extra few days of rest over the Blues, and have should have the same players available that held on for a point against West Ham last Saturday. More importantly, they may see the return of their danger man...

Player to watch: Jay Rodriguez

The England U21 international has missed the last 3 games with a groin problem, but could be set to return this weekend. He has scored 15 of Burnley's 50 goals in the Championship this season, and has the attention of a few Premiership clubs.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey have amassed 7 points from their last 3 games at Fratton Park whereas Burnley haven't won in their last 7 games. Away from home, Burnley have one of the best records in the league, winning 8 games.

Head to head there is nothing to separate the two sides, each boasting 20 wins to their name, with 9 games finishing level. It took a 93rd minute goal from David Norris to separate these two sides when they met earlier in the season, giving Portsmouth a rare away win.

Match Prediction:

If Pompey play like they did against Hull on Tuesday then it should be another 3 huge points. But two things we should be wary of is complacency and fatigue. I'm gonna punt for a win, but it won't be comfortable or pleasant to watch at times. 1-0 to Pompey with a scrappy goal midway through the second half.

Next Fixture:

Just a little trip to 'that lot down the road'. Here comes the noisiest bubble you'll ever hear.


Writer:alexcrewe
Date:Friday March 30 2012
Time: 2:30AM

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Comments

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really up for this, the weather 'might' turn and the sun may not be out but if we keep the energy levels of tuesday we will do burnley.
lets just have another BIG 90-minutes like hull!
whatever tho, as said, i am really up for this and cannot wait - my travels begin tonight.
pompeyrug
30/03/2012 12:52:00
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varney is due, and owes us, a big game so i am hope you are right Frippy and we get it tomorrow.
pompeyrug
30/03/2012 12:52:00
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Good luck Pompey, consistency is the name of the game now, its funny how being at home seems to enable us to play well, whilst we are dreadful away, and have been for most of the time i have followed the team (early sixties)
Terraceman
30/03/2012 18:07:00
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the fact that burnely are winless in 7 makes me feel a lot better PUP
jsander48
30/03/2012 23:09:00
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Got to get a result in this game. It will put us in a good position to have a chance of still being a championship team, which makes us more of a asset to buy.
race
31/03/2012 00:19:00
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