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Pompey vs. Newcastle United

Fratton park

14/4/07

15:00

Pompey v Pies

Back to Fratton on Saturday, the venue for a fantastic result last week against the league leaders, but also the prequel for a disaster at Watford.

Vital Quotes:

Easter couldn't have been more contrasting for Pompey last week, two matches against the top and bottom, and somehow we managed to get the results mixed up!
Newcastle arrive in town in similar indifferent form, all season they have played well in flurries and then drifted off the boil again, for a team with aspiritions as high as the geordies expect, this is not really good enough and Europe looks like it might have to wait this year.

Pompey Team News:

Campbell should make a welcome return to the defence along with Lauren, the ex-Arsenal duo should replace the lamentable Pamarot and Traore after their showings at Watford. Benjani should also be fit to reclaim his place from the mis-firing and ineffectual Lua Lua who will have to be content with a spot on the bench against his old team.

Player to watch: Campbell

Although the defence stood firm against Man U, it most definitely creaked at Watford two days later and big Sol will be welcomed back.

Newcastle United Team News:

The magpies are struggling a bit with injury, the likely absentees look like being Given, Dyer and Parker, all big players for Newcastle and this will hamper their quest for a win. Owen made a goalscoring return for the reserves but surely won't be risked this quickly.

Player to watch: Harper

Always a willing deputy, but not in Given's class.

Match Facts & Stats

In 7 Premiership matches, Pompey have yet to beat Newcastle, away we lose and at home we normally draw 1-1,this season we have already lost twice at St. james, 3-0 and 1-0

Ref Watch:

Chris Foy, Merseyside Horrendous penalty decision at White Hart Lane, but to be fair, he did hold his hands up to this one and is generally one of the better refs around.

Match Prediction:

History points to a draw, but Pompey owe a performance to the fans after last Monday's disapointment, the high of beat United was quickly extinguished by the capitulation at Watford, I'll go for a first win in the Premiership over the geordies in this one, I can even see Kanu finding the net again!

Next Fixtures:

Villa away
Liverpool home




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 13 2007

Time: 10:10PM

Your Comments

Got to be better than Watford!
paultsmouth
Go at the barcodes from the off, score 2 & we'll win.
storagematt
Look what scoring twice did to us against Watford...
Lysimachus
Look what scoring twice did for us against man u...
pompey4me
Touche pompey4me... 2-0 win I think today so Jamo can get his record and finally shave...
pompeyrug
Yep, I said yesterday we'll win this 2-0 - think about it, who better to play against in order to set the clean sheet record for Jamo than his old club?
TruePompeyBlue
Im going for 2-1, poor old Daves going to have to wait! Come on Pompey!!
CharlieChimes
TPB when did jamo play for Newcastle?
paultsmouth
He didn't, I was slightly under the influence of alcohol when I wrote that. Was going to edit it but couldn't be arsed, lol!!!
TruePompeyBlue
Go at the barcodes from the off, score 2 & we'll win. storagematt Look what scoring twice did to us against Watford... Lysimachus
storagematt
why pies?
merlin
nothing sinister, pies was an abbreveation of Magpies
paultsmouth
The comment from TruePompeyBlue also threw me paultsmouth, wasn't sure if you we thinking a head to Villa or Liverpool! You should have claimed so as I would have agreed...
pompeyrug
2-1!! another correct prediction! putting some money down for the next one! great performance! feel good for Benji, he worked hard for the ball & struck it well! good1 boys!
CharlieChimes
yep good for Benji, but i think i lost my personal battle of the balti pies about 8 this morning or was it the 6 pints that followed
russellm
 

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