Portsmouth - royals v royal blues
UK time is: 01:07:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Reading vs. Pompey

Madjeski Stadium

17/3/07

15:00

royals v royal blues

Battle for Europe? Or will this turn out to be the start of a mid-table sparring match?

Vital Quotes:

2006 was one of the great Pompey years of recent times, 2007 has been quite the opposite so far, 1 win by mid-March is definitely not European form, on the other side of the coin are Reading with seven home wins on the bounce in the Premiership, but looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat in all competitions.

Reading Team News:

Graeme Murty is the big doubt for the home side with one time supposed Pompey target Greg Halford hoping to deputise. Kevin Doyle the Premierships surprise package of the season is fit again, and could replace Kitson up front.

Player to watch: Glen LIttle

The giant winger always has a good game against Pompey, even in his Burnley days, and when he came off the bench at Fratton earlier in the season was the one bright spark in a lucklustre Reading side.

Pompey Team News:

Mendes is a long time absentee in midfield and will be joined in the stands by the suspended Sean Davis, Richard Hughes will again start and could be joined by Niko Kranjcar who may get the more central berth he craves.

Player to watch: Kanu

The big man is playing for a renewed contract, and if he can rediscover his early season form could well earn one sooner rather than later.

Match Facts & Stats

3-1 in the fixture at Fratton in what must have been one of Reading's worst performances of the season, although it did seem to be the catalyst in the upsurge in recent form.

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett

Match Prediction:

0-0 or 1-0 is the usual result at Elm park/Madjeski in recent years, but I expect neither team to keep a clean sheet this time, both teams like to play football and this could result in an open game with plenty goal mouth action.

Next Fixtures:

Fulham away
Man Yoo at home




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 16 2007

Time: 9:14PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
With Bolton facing United and Everton Arsenal you wouldn't expect either to get much... Spurs should win so if we can do likewise against Reading we could be back up to 7th and just 3pts behind Bolton in 5th... Things are getting tight so we have to win tomorrow and I think we will, call this blind optimisum but I still haven't given up on the European dream... Come on Pompey we need these points badly...
pompeyrug
Report Abuse
16/03/2007 23:23:00

Head says one thing, heart says another. I'll take a point if it was offered now. Will need a massive improvement on recent away days at Wigan & Blackburm.
storagematt
Report Abuse
16/03/2007 23:26:00

I always go with what my head tells me, this almost always tells me pompey win... my heart often (and probably more realistically!) tell me otherwise... on this occassion though for some reason both my head and heart are agreeing on a pompey win but a point would be a good point...
pompeyrug
Report Abuse
16/03/2007 23:33:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Pompey apprentices hired (Saturday July 4 2015)

Magnificent seven? (Saturday July 4 2015)

On this day in history...4th July (Saturday July 4 2015)

Pompey talk - Emsworthianblue (Friday July 3 2015)

Dan's the man... (Thursday July 2 2015)

Pompey talk - pompeyweller (Thursday July 2 2015)

Mutual consent ends Barcham stay (Wednesday July 1 2015)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
16. Notts County 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Oxford 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Plymouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. Portsmouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
20. Stevenage 0 0 0 0 0 0
21. Wimbledon 0 0 0 0 0 0
22. Wycombe 0 0 0 0 0 0

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

By George Oxford get their man
Oxford : 04/07/2015 16:58:00
U's squad numbers announced
Oxford : 04/07/2015 16:41:01
Ryan Clarke walks on the wild side again
Oxford : 04/07/2015 16:34:01
Defender Amevor Joins County
Notts County : 04/07/2015 16:13:00
Looking at the month of July
Oxford : 04/07/2015 15:59:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which 'new' away game are you most looking forward to?
Suggested By:  Et_tu_Pompeii
Notts County 8%
Crawley Town 16%
Leyton Orient 16%
Yeovil Town 11%
Barnet 5%
Bristol Rovers 44%