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Pompey vs. Chelsea

Fratton Park

3/3/07

5:15

On Sky

Pompey v Chelsea

Pompey will look to bounce back from last weeks horror show at Ewood Park in the easiest possible way, by hosting double champions Chelsea at Fratton.

Vital Quotes:

Harry Redknapp will be hoping for a happy 60th birthday by gaining Pompey's first Premiership points against Chelsea, in fact it has taken until this season to actually score against the blues, hardly a great record. In fact to find Pompey's last win in a league match against Chelsea you have to go back to 1960!

Pompey Team News:

Pedro Mendes looks like missing the rest of the season with ankle ligament trouble, Glen Johnson is ineligable under the terms of his loan, Lauren is struggling as well as are Sean Davis and Gary O'neil who will both face late fitness tests.

Player to watch: James

Had an absolute blinder at the Bridge to keep the score at a respectable level, had an absolute nightmare first-half last week at Ewood!
If the David James we love down at Fratton turns up, we will stand a chance, if the James of last week gives Chelsea a head start it will be the same old outcome, defeat.

Chelsea Team News:

John Terry the newly titled 'Mr. Indestructible' will be up on blocks with concussion, although Chelsea's defensive woes will be slightly lessened with the return of Ashley Cole.

Player to watch: Terry

I know he's not playing, but his abscence is the greatest chance Pompey will have of springing a result out of Chelsea, with him they are formidable opponents, without Pompey may fancy getting something for the first time out of the Blues.

Match Facts & Stats

Only facts to come out of this fixture in the Premiership so far is Pompey play Chelsea, Pompey lose, normally 2-0 at Fratton.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey (Lancs) One of the less in conspicuous refs around, he generally lets the game flow and tries to keep the cards in his pocket.

Match Prediction:

After last weeks prediction of Pompey beating Blackburn, Christ knows! Defeat is the norm, but Pompey normally beat one of the so called big boys at Fratton in a season, so tomorrow would be a good first all round. Europe is fast becoming a pipe dream, so Pompey need to start playing again without shackles and start knocking it around again as they did before Xmas.

Next Fixtures:

Reading away
Fulham away




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 2 2007

Time: 8:47PM

Your Comments

could be a long ninety minutes for you lot!
merlin
could be, could be a long hour and half as well
paultsmouth
Looking foreward to this 5400 seconds of football!! Would like to think we will compete, depends which pompey turn up! Rather think the boys will be up for this one though!
pompey4me
come on pompey do us a favour
rooneyisgod
rooneyisgod how many points you ahead now? 6-9 let Pompy play up and have their moment of glory for themselves.
col8
Classic 0-2 result here, and that's if we play O.K. Can't see many more points for Pompey in all remaining matches.
pompeygray
We'll do well do get nil. Thankfully a week off next week, get a chance for the wounded to heal b4 the easy match at Reading. Don't be too surprised if Reading win at Arsenal today.
storagematt
If we decide to have a go at Chelsea (after all we are at home!!!) a point at least will be possible... If JT is out then we'll have an even better chance but it's still a tall order. Had this match been away we'd not have stood a chance at a packed Fratton maybe this could be our day... PLAY UP POMPEY!
pompeyrug
We'll pick up points in the remaining games pompeygray but Reading won't win at Arsenal today of that I'm sure... The trip to Reading is going to be a tough one but if we turn up we'll get at least a point, have to look for three against Reading and Fulham...
pompeyrug
Pride, Passion and Performance, thats all i ask for, and we got that from the team today. Perform like that against charlton or blackburn, and we dont lose! Thought Lua did well again, but i dont understand the substitution that seems to happen every game, Traore off, Taylor left back and Krunchie out of position in left midfield! Surely when chasing a game you want to keep Matty's attacking atributes and Krunchie looks a good player, but a wide left midfield player he aint, got to play him in his position off a striker!
pompey4me
unfortunately I was right again, 0-2 but at least we put up a fight, something lacking last time around.
pompeygray
Fightings fine but who cares if we keep losing? what's the point?
Et_tu_Pompeii
 

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