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Crunch Time!

Everton
vs.
Pompey

Goodison Park

5/5/07

15:00

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


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday May 4 2007
Time: 10:02PM

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Comments

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Squeaky bum time
paultsmouth
04/05/2007 22:03:00
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That's what I was worried about when rejecting a seat at Goodison. ohh burn
Lysimachus
04/05/2007 22:25:00
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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
05/05/2007 05:15:00
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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
05/05/2007 08:42:00
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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
05/05/2007 09:04:00
0
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
05/05/2007 09:10:00
0
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
05/05/2007 10:24:00
0
Mr Ladrook is very likely to get a visit from me too russell...
pompeyrug
05/05/2007 10:25:00
0
A must win today
Mudhara
05/05/2007 11:42:00
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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
05/05/2007 13:01:00
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