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Pompey v City

Manchester City

Fratton Park


17:15 PM

On Sky

Pompey will be looking to halt their current slump in much the same way as they started last seasons resurgence, by beating Man City at Fratton. If we can acheive this and go a run like last seasons final third, Europe will be a real possibility.

Vital Quotes:

Stuart Pearce and Harry Redknapp have been singing each others praises this week, Pearce pointing to Harry's keen eye for a transfer, and for the style in which his teams try to play their football, and Redknapp praising Pearces' management style, pointing to the passion with which he played coming through in his coaching skills.

Pompey Team News:

Fan's favourite Linvoy Primus is a definite non-starter after damaging a thigh in training, O'neil remains a doubt with a sore calf, but Pamarot and Traore should win their fitness battles.
Sean Davis will be out to prove his abscence from the side has been no coincidence with our recent slump, and his driving runs will be a welcome addition to a recently flat midfield. Lua is again looking to improve his fitness after 90mins for the reserves at Watford and Cole will be hoping to start against his old club.

Player to watch: Mendes

Who else? Last seasons catalyst has been a bit off the pace like most of the others lately, but hopefully can take inspiration from last seasons heroics against City, and get the blues marching once again.

Manchester City Team News:

Nicky Weaver is a doubt and should be replaced by Issakson the Swedish number 1, who has still to have an extended run in the side.

Player to watch: Barton

Will be looking to take out his England frustrations against Pompey, then again Jamo, Campbell and Taylor all have a point to make to Steve McClaren also.

Match Facts & Stats

Been a few goals in recent seasons in this encounter, and also will be remembered as the scence of Redknapp's departure along with Jim Smith a couple of years ago after a demoralising home defeat, but lets not look to that game and remember the Mendes match of last season!

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean, one of the less showbiz type refs at the moment, and a solid Premiership ref of the last few seasons.

Match Prediction:

Hard to call, both teams a goal shy of late, if Pompey can score first City don't have the best record of coming from behind, then again if City can pinch the lead, Pompey haven't looked like scoring twice a few weeks now, so my prediction 6-6!

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn at Ewood
Chelsea at Fratton

Date:Friday February 9 2007
Time: 8:26PM


I fancy Pompey to lift our slightly flagging spirits. Lua Lua and Davies, with a late Andy Cole goal to clinch a 3-1 win.
09/02/2007 21:25:00
Nice piece of work Paul, a 6-6 draw eh?
09/02/2007 23:15:00
Yes, if you are to gain European qualification this looks like a must win game!
09/02/2007 23:22:00
Yep, win this or forget it
10/02/2007 09:46:00
yep must win... or no europe
10/02/2007 11:34:00
Well, despite it being as obvious as inflation in Brazil, Mendes was certainly the player to watch and is very well the man of the match despite only having 43 mins match time. 2-1 is an excellent result, come on and we can win our next two games 4-2 and 3-1.
10/02/2007 21:11:00
Great result, see what a bit of effort and enthusiasm can bring to a team. The first half was fantastic, bit slow after the break, but Glen johnson had a good game and set up the winner for kanu! Come on you blues.
10/02/2007 22:08:00
Is nt it amazing what 40 minutes of skill, class and a little effort can do. Followed by the last 20 minutes of skill, application effort and loads of character. thats what us doom and gloom types have been looking for and 3 popints is the reason why. Once again the Mancs show that the only way they can beat Pedro is by thuggery, he was running the game so they showed what they are. How can Barton be considered for Englnd after that.
10/02/2007 22:50:00
message to Rabbi, you were wrong about MacClaren, but how wrong was i about Pearce ? If he cant control his own teams behaviour, then how can he be trusted with England. Sorry Rab
10/02/2007 22:52:00
and LUA LAU PASSED TO HIS TEAM MATES !!! not sure if this orange net pda is working but if it is, this is Russellm reporting from the Lord john me. cheers one and all !!!! kick on pompeykick on
10/02/2007 22:55:00
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