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Fulham vs. Pompey

John Craven's cottage

31/3/07

15-00

Off on a jolly

Back to real football this weekend, after Englands dismal displays over the last week, I'll be hoping for greater entertainment on Saturday as Pompey travel to the cottage in search of their first away win since West Ham.

Vital Quotes:

Harry Redknapp's men should be feeling relatively fresh on Saturday, a mid -season break to Dubai a couple of weeks ago and a lack of general international action in recent weeks should have recharged half empty batteries, only Kanu and Kranjcar figured prominantly for their countries, and the over-looked Todorov got a run out for Bulgaria.

Fulham Team News:

Papa Diop will continue in midfield along with Pompey ex-loanee's Brown and Smertin along with Simon Davis. Pembridge should return to the bench

Player to watch: Brown

If Sean Davis plays expect fireworks, last season Brown tried to break Davis' leg and the Fulham captain and Pompey midfielder have history from their Spurs days

Pompey Team News:

Much the same as Reading I feel, Sean Davis will come back into contention against his old mates after suspension, but he will have to displace a midfield which performed admirably at the Madjeski, Harry may drop either of the international boys to the bench fearing fatigue, and Andy Cole will not figure from the bench as he has upped sticks to Brum.

Player to watch: Lua Lua

If Lua gets a starting berth I'm expecting a more vibrant character than recent weeks, he'll be the first to admit its been a wasted season, and will want to finish on a high.

Match Facts & Stats

Great win away last season during Pompeys rise from the ashes of relegation, and a 1-1 draw at Fratton this season with Andy Cole cancelling out Zat Knights effort for Fulham

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley replaces Mike Dean, so expect more cards than you would get on bridge night down the pub.

Match Prediction:

Two teams out of form of late, but as i'm getting the chance of a rare away day at last, I'll go for the Pompey win with a couple of goals from unlikely sources (it would be about bloody time Davis!)

Next Fixtures:

Next up is Manchesters second side at Fratton, followed by a trip to Hertfordshire and Watford




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 30 2007

Time: 8:37PM

Your Comments

Time to knuckle down buys & stuff a few past scummer Niemi.
storagematt
if jamo breaks his record we will win
paultsmouth
Yep a clean sheet and we'll win as we will score tomorrow... Fulham at Fratton was one of he most frustrating matches I've seen all season and we looked like we might have somehow lost but we battled back for the point minimum we deserved... A win will see us back up to 7th for 24 hours anyway...
pompeyrug
With 20 mins to go to kick-off former Pompey striker Peter Crouch has knotched his hat-trick against the Arse, my crystal ball has fogged up and when it cleared it tells me that the draw at Fulham has been converted into a 1-0 win for the Pompey.
pompeygray
I was sure we would win today, Crochy's hat trick gave me yet more believe it would be a glorious day... For 86 minutes, well 88 including the injury time we had a lead for it was a 1-0 win your crystal ball was right but looks like the fog hadn't fully cleared pompeygray... Damn Fulham, we'll just have to beat United and Watford next weekend now...
pompeyrug
hahaha beat united? they are awesome atm lads
EvertonMike
we can give it a go atleast. It's a game we have nothing to loose from!
VitalPompeyAdmin
just hold united and we'll be grateful :-)
merlin
I'll settle for a draw but we've beaten United at Fratton more than once in recent years so why not again... We aren't expected to win so what have we got to lose... United are in great form you are right EvertonMike but we could very well be laughing Saturday night, even more so Monday if we beat Watford also and climb above Everton possibly...
pompeyrug
got to attack united, if we sit back we will get murdered
paultsmouth
must point out in my predictions that i got a another scrap with Brown and Davis right, and a goal from an unlikely source!
paultsmouth
Away from Fratton against United you can understand Pompey not going for it... At Fratton in front of a full house and a crowd desperate to again see us upset United we have to have a go... if we get beat, as is quite possible either way we may as well get beat having a bloody good go...
pompeyrug
 

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