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Middlesbrough vs. Pompey

Riverside Stadium

28-08-06

8pm

On Sky

Pompey - Boro Live on SKY

Pompey's first LIVE SKY Sports performance of the 2006/07 season sees a difficult looking trip to the Riverside Stadium to face Gareth Southgate's Middlesbrough.

Our record in LIVE televised SKY games was poor to say the least before our Premiership promotion, but since doing so we have a fairly decent record when being LIVE on SKY Sports, so hopefully this can continue on Monday night as Pete Alexander commentates in Fanzone.

Vital Quotes:

Not really a lot of quotes coming out from Pompey this week, so although not wanting to dampen the mood I'll include these from 'arry highlighting his thoughts that additions to the squad NEED to be added this week.

"We need to improve the squad. We can all see that."

"We need an injection of pace in the team in several positions."

"But I don't know if it's going to happen. I just have to keep going."

Let's hope he is wrong, and his efforts in keeping on going will see at least a couple more arrive.

Middlesbrough Team News:

Middlesbrough will be missing Julio Arco (broken foot) and Ugo Ehiogu (Achilles) but other than youngster Matthew Bates possibly coming into the side in defence I`d not think many changes will be made from the side that beat Chelsea on Wednesday. Yakubu will be looking to score against us once again.

Player to watch: Gaizka Mendieta

Following a couple of years plagued by injury the Spanish star looks as though he may be able to get someone near back to his best. In a relatively youthful Boro side his experience could be vital for them, and he will be a threat.

Pompey Team News:

With Lomana LuaLua, Dean Kiely and Jamie Ashdown still out, other than Pedro Mendes being unavailable following his run in with Ben Thatcher's elbow on Wednesday I'd expect 'arry to name an unchanged side. David Thompson could come in for Mendes, although I'd expect it to be Richard Hughes.

Player to watch: Sean Davis

To be honest I found it hard to single out one player, as they will all be very important here, and are all playing well. Davis gets singled out as I feel he's also getting back to someone near to his best, which saw him close to England recognition a few years back. He had a major hand in a couple of the goals against Blackburn, so if he keeps the delivery at its best Kanu and Benjani will be looking to get on the end. He's also due a goal himself!

Match Facts & Stats

* It's a tale of old verses new here. Southgate is the second youngest manager in the Premier League, whilst Redknapp is the second oldest.
* If the current patterns of results Boro have had at the Riverside continues they are due a defeat!
* Boro have already had their best start to a Premiership in six seasons.
* Going into the match Pompey are the only club yet to concede a Premiership goal this season.
* Pompey are yet to taste defeat at the hands of Boro in the Premiership, we've won three and drawn three.
* En route to our last League title in 1949 we beat Boro on their ground 5-1, this being the last time Boro we're beaten by Pompey on home turf in the highest Division. Could a win on Monday be an omen...?
* Gary O'Neil netted against Boro home and away last season.
* In League meetings at Middlesbrough Pompey only have 6 wins to Boro's 27 with 13 draws.
* In Premiership meetings at Middlesbrough neither side have won with all 3 being drawn.

Ref Watch:

Chris Foy

Match Prediction:

Boro can be a real Jekyll and Hyde side, and have been for a number of years, so you can never tell what you are going to get. If Pompey can keep a third successive clean sheet then I think we'll win, as I'm sure we'll score, Boro will give us at least one really good opportunity. I think our record of not losing at the Riverside, and to Boro full stop in the Premiership will continue with us winning 2-0. PLAY UP POMPEY!!!

Next Fixtures:

(After International break) 3pm Saturday 09-09-06, Wigan Athletic (h)




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 27 2006

Time: 9:49AM

Your Comments

i hope its 2-0 rugster coz i will win 100 if yo are right! :D
pompey pessimist
Two nil would be fantastic, how many other teams haven't conceded a goal yet? We could be the only one (so far!)
Tantona
I hope I'm right for nothing else other than the fact you'll get one hundred quid pp :)
pompeyrug
I can't imagine many, if any in the lower leagues are yet to concede a goal as most are a few games ahead aren't they. In the Prem for sure we are the only team not to...
pompeyrug
Let's get the fans up to Borough and give the team some real good encouragement to get us the 3 points!
Westov
I think we can get at least a draw but I think we will have to score at least once. Intersting to see how we play without Mendez.
storagematt
i mostly agree with storagematt, although i think it is worrying to be without Mendes. Any further news on fernandes????
russellm
Indeed we are the only side in the country with no goals conceeded. Expect that to change tonight. Best Pompey result I can see is 1-1.
pompeygray
To be perfectly honest, I'd happily settle for 1-1 or any draw..would continue our good unbeaten start.
Tantona
I got Toddy scoring in a 1-0 win!
CharlieChimes
i'd prefer benjani to get it but that'd be nice the same charlie chimes & as ive said before bring on sol bring on the 2006 re mix of an old Arse title winning classic. something like 1-0 to the pompey boys !!! or even boring boring pompey !!! they'll all do me this season. we need Pedro back but 10th place and a nice cup run deffinetly on
russellm
1 big problem. Glen Johnson has damaged his ankle today......Badly. They think he will be out for the forseable future. Gutted. This is on sky sports website. Came up about 45 minutes ago.
POMPEYMEV
yep big blow re Johnson, sky news and talk sport saying he has severly damaged his ankle & will be out indefinetly and they expect him to return to Chelsae for treatment, the timing couldnt be much worse with the window closing in three days. anybody got Priske's mobile number???.....hmmm Pamarot against Yakubu. Where do we put our efforts defensive or striker. maybe it should be defensive if we can keep clean sheets and rely on our current strikers until january we'll probably be ok.
russellm
 

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