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Everton vs. Pompey

Goodison Park

5/5/07

15:00

Crunch Time!

The penultimate game of the season is upon us, and this time it looks like winner takes all in the battle for Europe!

Vital Quotes:

Back in August who would have had Pompey and Everton in a crunch fixture fighting for a proverbial six-pointer? Many maybe, but most would have had both teams nearer the foot of the table, rather than in a titanic struggle for a place in the UEFA spots for next season. Whoever comes out on top in this one will be almost guaranteed a hallowed European place. This fact has not been lost on either Harry Redknapp or David Moyes, both who have said the game is a 'must win'

Everton Team News:

Tim Howard is available again after his enforced abscence from the Manchester United game last week, Anichebe, Valente and Johnson are all struggling for the match, the Toffees are also missing the talasmanic Tim Cahill.

Player to watch: Fernandes

Who else? If ever a player had the opportunity to turn round and bite former suitors on the arse, this is it.

Pompey Team News:

Big doubts over Taylor, Hughes,Stefanovic and Sol Campbell, although is a glimmer of hope that an injection in Sol's achilles may give him a chance

Player to watch: Kranjcar

Time to shine for our favourite Croatian, his promise is looking more likely to fulfil itself of late, and his creative spark could unlock the Everton defence.

Match Facts & Stats

A Duncan Ferguson own goal gave Pompey the points last season, and Matt Taylors goal from the half-way line earned him second place in goal of the month on match of the day at Fratton this season.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb

Match Prediction:

A win one way or the other, a draw will do neither side much good, so the odd goal should pinch it. (Time to break the duck, Kanu)

Next Fixtures:

Arsenal at Fratton next Sunday




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 4 2007

Time: 10:02PM

Your Comments

Squeaky bum time
paultsmouth
That's what I was worried about when rejecting a seat at Goodison. ohh burn
Lysimachus
I hope you do more at Everton than you did at Villa 2 weeks ago, never managed a shot on target in 95 minutes of football.......
col8
Everton win & they get a Euro slot. With a few too many injured, I expect us to defend like we did at Villa & hope they don't beat Jamo. 0-0 may be the best we can hope for.
storagematt
wont be good enough Storagematt, we have to go for a win and hope spurs ( 1 game in hand) and reading slip up, sensible money is on Everton to win, but you sort of get the sneaking feeling this could be Krunchie time.
russellm
i know i bang on and on and on and on about the cost of those lazy performances against mediocre opposition but i really really hope this is not my told you so moment, so i shall invest 10 with Mr Ladbrook. PUP
russellm
I have this feeling about today being our day, just... Niko may well have a part to play - and a big part at that, but some things that have happened, especially this morning are pointing me to a 1-0 possibly 2-1 Pompey win with Todorov coming off the bench to score the winner...
pompeyrug
Mr Ladrook is very likely to get a visit from me too russell...
pompeyrug
A must win today
Mudhara
Agree with you russellm, too many poor performances against the weaker clubs, but no lack of effort lately, 0-0 thinks me, just going to miss europe this time round, but that will give Harry more time to build a stronger squad.
pompey4me
come on pompey- all or bust i think!
VitalPompeyAdmin
BUST VPA
paultsmouth
It happens, but hey let's just look at something - we are STILL only a couple of points behind Bolton and Europe is still a huge possibility. Spuds have got to win at Charlton and my money is on the East London side to take all three points, they are so close to safety and will want to give themselves the best chance they can for their last match of the season next week. I am sure they will be victors, which means that even with their game in hand, Spuds will still have to win to get above us.

Reading lost at home today, so it is still wide open - our biggest problem is how to stop Arsenal scoring next week, we really don't need to give away yet another penalty to help them - we've given far too many away this season in my opinion.

But whatever else happens, it's been a damned fine season, though perhaps a few out there will now see why Russell and myself have been saying so often that we are going to rue the wasted chances we had in the past.

As for Kanu, any luck yet finding another manager mug enough to put up with your demands, especially as you have just one match left now this season to do something about your pathetic goal record since November. you need reminding? Oh ok, it's just two league goals since then!!! That's TWO in FIVE months!!!! I for one won't miss you next season.
TruePompeyBlue
In the main, proud of the boys this year, but got really frustrated through Jan-Feb time with the lack of effort once safe. Macca said on the quay today that was to be expected once the magic 40 points was reached, but i have to disagree, there is no excuse for the displays against charlton at home, wigan and watford away to name a few, BUT, ask me at the beginning of the year, challenge for europe in the last 1-2 games of the season, i would have bitten your hand off, and , offer me that again this time next year, i guess i'll be biting it of again. To Harry and all the boys, back room staff and FANS, thanks for the most fantastic year!!
pompey4me
I echo that pompey4me, well said that man.
TruePompeyBlue
Yep agree, come what may it's been a bloody good season - a few dips here and there are understandable, but some of the constent lows unacceptable, but if we see a similar thing happening next season this is when I'll be proper *****ed off... we've gone from surviving from a dead in the water position to potentially 90 minutes away from something I'd rarely concidered seeing Pompey do through out my life and that is play in Europe next season... We'll beat Arsenal which I think could be enough as I see the table reading as follows - like I said elsewhere on this site - come kick off on Sunday with all having played 37 games....
6. Bolton 55pts
7. Reading 54pts
8. Pompey 53pts
9. Blackburn 53pts
10. Spurs 53pts
'arry needs to take some stick for his tactics away from home more often than not but it just goes to show what having the right man in place - and what having the best fans in the world - can do for a club. Look at it this way, we are more of less the side we were last season, with a plenty still here from his last stay, so if we'd never lost 'arry we would never have even been in the mess we were and think we possibly would have already have made the Uefa cup... If we don't make it this year we will next season, the future is very bright, especially with 'sol' around the South Coast... PLAY UP POMPEY...
pompeyrug
Could be a great weekend - we beat the Gooners, results go our way and we're in Europe. All we need to make it a full house is Derby caning the Scum on Saturday at St. Fairies!
TruePompeyBlue
Come on DERBY, my second favourite club at the moment!!
pompey4me
hope you get the uefa cup place!
richy23
 

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