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Pint of Pompey royal

Pompey
vs.
Reading

Fratton

29/9/07

15:00

Back down South at last for a 'local' derby, well as local as we get now, the other team in Hampshire are doing quite well in the Conference right now, but the Premiership is a way off yet.

Vital Quotes:

The fun of the Carling cup is over for now, and whilst Reading lost an entertaining game against Liverpool, Pompey edged out Burnley with a Nugent 'hand of God' goal.

Pompey Team News:

Midfield looks the place to be right now, Davis, Muntari and Diop are the men in possesion, but Mendes did his chances no harm at Turf Moor. Taylor and Kranjcar will also be vying for a spot after a spell on the sidelines.

Distin and Campbell continue what is arguably the best central defensive partnership in the Premiership, with Pamarot having to be content with a spot on the bench.

Up front Benjani should start this one, but who with? Kanu has a couple of knocks and this could be the chance David Nugent has been waiting for.

Player to watch: Nugent

I really feel this is his moment, confidence plays a big part in any players game, but if Kanu fails to make it, it is time for the Nugget to show if he is golden, or plain old clod.

Reading Team News:

Bobby Convey is out after scoring a blinder against Liverpool, Little and Mate stay out along with Oster.
Kitson should be restored to the line-up alongside Lita.

Player to watch: Lita

Loosely linked with Pompey a little while back, Nugent's u21 partner has had a better baptism in the Premiership, and will prove a handful.

Match Facts & Stats

3-1 last year in probably Pompey's best performance at home all season, although we banged in 3, the scoreline actually flattered the Royals.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey (Lancs) Can't get away from the place can we!

Match Prediction:

Pompey should be favourites, Reading will play open football, and this could be the catalyst for counter-attack football from Utaka, stick your guesses here.

Next Fixtures:

Fulham at the Cottage


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday September 28 2007
Time: 8:40PM

Comments

0
Looking forward to the journey from Liverpool, mini-bus departs 0600 for the journey, and i know we can win this one if we put a performance in. I hope Nugent gets his chance and takes it. No prediction but this must be a certain 3 points for us. See you all there
Owenspompey
28/09/2007 21:00:00
0
Have a good one mate.
L L Blue
28/09/2007 21:47:00
0
6-0 anyone? they way we have been playing, there is no reason why we CANT score 6 goals in one game, and it would be another example of us showing the league what we can do...not gonna happen though is it?
pompeycarpet
28/09/2007 21:51:00
0
No chance carpet, daft to think you could score 6 past anyone in this division.
pompey4me
28/09/2007 22:25:00
0
...reading west ham, liverpool derby, why not pompey reading? would be nice though ;-)
pompeycarpet
28/09/2007 22:45:00
0
Be worth having a fiver on it at the bookies, you'd be rich if the score came in!
pompey4me
28/09/2007 22:49:00
0
well up for this now, have not got to set out quite as early now as plymouth graham is driving, picking up my lot with some of his at 9, which isnt too bad... we could give reading a spanking, with it not surprising me but 4-0 is what i have my money on 0 nuge scoring a couple too...
pompeyrug
28/09/2007 23:44:00
0
THis game still promises to be closer than most would think. Even a 1-0 would do me. I am sticking my neck out though for a 3-1 in the Prediction League.
pompeygray
29/09/2007 00:18:00
0
well, in the prediction league, i have gone for - shock horror - pompey to loose. not many people are even suggesting it, not even Reading fans - which is why ni think we could get complacent. OR, we will trash them...or something in between...
pompeycarpet
29/09/2007 00:24:00
0
true mate, a win is a win by how many of few i dont care.
pompeyrug
29/09/2007 00:24:00
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