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Pompey vs. Man U

Fratton Park

7/4/07

17:15

On Sky

Pompey v Surrey's faves

Man United the champions elect come down to the park again, Fratton is not always their favourite hunting ground with two defeats in Pompey's first two Premiership years, although recent form is heavily stacked in their favour.

Vital Quotes:

Fergies men are on the charge at the moment, defeat in Rome will count for little tonight as they go about in trying to re-claim a trophy they have come to think of as their own.

Pompey Team News:

After last weeks sickening result at Fulham, Harry may make one or two tinkering changes to the formation, Matt Taylor's work rate may sneak him in front of Kranjcar, and up front its a case of 1 from 4, or the preferred home formation of 2 from 4. Toddy's cameo at Fulham and the news of a possible contract renewal should be enough for a place on the bench again, and I expect Kanu to hold down his starting place despite recent terrace criticism. At the back Johnson is still out, so Lauren should hold off the challenge of Pamarot for the right back slot.

Player to watch: Hughes

For a bloke with one F.A. cup goal to his name, he has come mighty close in our two last away matches, striking the post at Reading and forcing Niemi into a scrambling save last week, not bad for a holding midfielder! He actually looks more likely to hit the net than either O'Neil or Davis at the moment.

Man U Team News:

Scholes is eligible despite his mid-week red card, Evra should be fit to return and Fergie his unlikely to field a weakened squad in pursuit of European glory, as the lure of the Premiership remains just as great.

Player to watch: Scholes

He will have a point to prove after Wednesdays disappointment, he remains the fulcrum of Uniteds midfield and is in the middle of a storming season.( I seem to remember him taking out Benjani in last seasons fixture?)

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey will remain capable of pulling off a shock at Fratton, The last for years has been 2-1 in terms of wins and defeats, and for some reason they don't like the South coast, they also took a few hammerings up the road during Hampshires second teams tenure in the Prem.

Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg (curly hair, problem bald patch kicking in)

Match Prediction:

I'm starting to give up on predicting as i'm always just out, so I'll go for Pompey glory in one last attempt.

Next Fixtures:

Watford (we should feel at home in a ground as crap as our own)




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 7 2007

Time: 10:09AM

Your Comments

come on Pompey! lets stuff them again!
paultsmouth
I said yesterday I could see a Pompey win after an inspired Jamo performance... The thought of 'arry playing just one up front has seen this waver slightly but I still think we may spring a surprise with a Toddy winner...
pompeyrug
One up front in the shape of Billy No Legs Kanu - I've seen pensioners on pension day move faster than him!
TruePompeyBlue
Got a good feeling today. Sure the players work rate will be up playing one of the big teams. Come on you blues.
pompey4me
I can see someone like kranjcar or lua or kanu doing something special today
paultsmouth
Please explain Surrey's Faves...being Surrey born and bred myself I defy anyone with as much passion and pride that I have for my beloved Pompey. My Greyhounds bearing the Pompey prefix have had great success in Sydney, whilst my number plate 'POMPEY' in NSW frequently raises eyebrows. Perhaps your headline indicates that most folk in Surrey prefer United - this maybe true but I would like to make a point here that that is not always the case.....
pompeygray
good point lol COME ON POMPEY!!
VitalPompeyAdmin
And my most successful Greyhound you may well ask....POMPEY GRAY with 34 WINS. Now you know.....
pompeygray
i was born in hertfordshire Pompeygray, no offence just a dig at Man u's following
paultsmouth
I predicted Pompey glory, so I might keep up my prediction efforts after all!
paultsmouth
amazing we didnt throw it away in the last minutes, we tried but we didnt, in the words of Gareth Chilcot "tonight we'll be having a quiet pint to celebrate and then SIX OR SEVEN BLOODY LOUD ONES"
russellm
Thanks lads from all at Vital Chelsea!
merlin
at the end of the day, Man u will claim an off day, we we're tired or blaim the ref, but in 90 minutes the best team won
paultsmouth
Good win lads, and congrats. pure class it was. and Im so hammered that yoda I speak...LOOOOOOOOOOOOL...
Blue is the colour
Chelsea have won the league enough recently but I still like them and would easily still rather they did than United so happy that we could help... Now help us and beat Blackburn so you can play United, if they can beat Watford, in the FA CUp Final and give us even more chance of a European place...
pompeyrug
Sitting here with a hangover, and it's all pompey's fault! lol.
pompey4me
Brilliant. We take more points off Man U than any other of the top 4. Let's hope they don't fck it up at Watford.
storagematt
 

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