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Wigan vs. Pompey

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Wigan v Pompey

Pompey and Wigan both need points for entirely different reasons, almost a reverse of last season where Wigan were chasing a European spot, and Pompey were fighting the sprectre of relegation.

Vital Quotes:

'The moaners are idiots' Harry Redknapp rightly pointed to the few fans who are criticising Pompey's recent form as short sighted, expectation levels have risen dramatically since the start of the season, Pompey have not left the top six all season and the lure of Europe has lingered tantalising in front of success starved fans for two thirds of a remarkable season. Pompey's progress in the last twelve months is reminiscent of our promotion season, dross for years and a lift in form that only Melchester Rovers have matched in years gone by, one difference though is Pompey although theatrical like at times off the field, are not gracing the pages of 'Roy of the Rovers' but gracing the hallowed ground of the Premiership, and performing they are, whatever Match of the Day may say.

Wigan Team News:

Wigan have a casualty list to match Holby city, De Zeeuw has been missing since the turn of the year, Hall Scharner now Heskey are absent and Henri Camara has only just started training again

Player to watch: Unsworth

Big Dave will be out to prove he can still cut it at the top level, and to show Pompey were wrong to let him go, and you know what happens when he takes a penalty.

Pompey Team News:

Traore has joined the crocked left-back club, but Noe Pamarot has made a timely recovery and could slot straight back in. O'Neil will be hoping to cling on to his central midfield berth, although Davis and Kranjcar will be pushing hard for a starting place, the latter hoping to kick on from a promising display at Old Trafford.
Up front it looks like two from three again, with Andy Cole hoping to displace either Kanu or Benjani, both of whom fired blanks mid-week, Lua will probably again be on the bench.

Player to watch: Douala

Doubtful if he will be seen until some time in the second half, but has really looked lively in his last couple of apperances from the bench and injected some real pace down the wing.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season was the safety clincher, this season it will hopefully be the kick-on Pompey need to get their Euro dream back on track

Ref Watch:

Graham Poll, 'more an M.C then referee'

Match Prediction:

Pompey have a habit of ending losing streaks, not our own but those of others, the longer Wigan don't score, the more likely we will.

Next Fixtures:

Manchester City at Fratton (cue Mendes!)

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 2 2007

Time: 9:49PM

Your Comments

God we need three points bad and I'm sure we'll get them...
We'll nick it 1-0.
I'll take 1-0 any day of the week storagematt... The ball can somehow find its way in off Mr Poll in some freakish goal for all I care...
Obviously I care! But not who scores or how, so long as we win...
this is a big game!
Now O'Neil is injured - great. Thought he was good the other night. Should win but this is Pompey so I won't hold my breath.
I vote win in the poll because we have to, this is the team i would have played Thompson against DOH !!!!. LoL Toddy to come of the bench for the winner
Toddy won't be in the squad
Good morning from Lancashire, I'm in a nice hotel having a bite to eat before making my way to the JJB. Will we win? Well let's see...Wigan have lost their last eight matches on the bounce (9 if you include their cup match) and have not won at home since the end of last November - Graham Poll is the referee today. So a perfect setting then for Pompey to do the usual and capitulate to an inferior side as per Bor and Charlton? Who knows, only time will tell but I am confident of a Pompey win, perhaps 2-0?
that be good, enjoy the game mate!
Why not lose and help save Wigan. After all they helped us last season. O.K. only joking.

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