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Pompey vs. Irons

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27/10/07

17:15

On Sky

Pompey v Thames Ironworks

4 out of 4 isn't bad form, but lets face it 5 out of 5 is great form, the form which Arsenal, Man u and Chelsea can string together, the form we need for a European push.

Vital Quotes:

The top four is a hallowed place in the Premiership. In recent seasons it major players have been similar, normally consisting of Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea and Liverpool.
This year however things are a little different, Chelsea are languishing outside of the big boys so far, Liverpool are a bit indifferent formwise, and Spurs for all their close season talk of tearing into a Champions league spot look more likely for the Championship!

Pompey have slipped quietly into 5th again, a position we became quite accustomed to for the greater part of last season and a spot we would rather like to hang onto.

Talking to a West Ham supporting friend of mine during the week, he admitted a point would be gratefully recieved on Saturday, this is a man who normally can see only claret and blue before him, a man who believes his Hammers were robbed if they lost by 3 goals! This to me is high praise for Pompeys achievements, we are no longr little Pompey, but POMPEY a team who others hope look upto and know they are in for a battle.

Pompey Team News:

1 change is for definite, Sean Davis has hit the magic 5 bookings mark, and so gives way to M.Pedro Mendes, a man with a point to make, such has been the form of Pompeys midfield, Mendes has had to watch from the bench since August, and has even been totally omitted from the squad a couple of times, unthinkable just a few short months ago!

Otherwise its same old, same old, Redknapp has ditched any tinkerman aspirations for a 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' outlook, and who are we to argue?

Player to watch: Mendes

A bit obvious really, Yesterday's hero has been pushed to the edges so far, but he will want to make Davis play the waiting game now, so maybe one of those 30 yard screamers wouldn't go amiss.

Irons Team News:

Ashton is still sidelined, along with half of the Eastend, but lets face it if you sign Kieron Dyer you should know the medical room is going to be busy, lookout for a Hammers offer to re-sign Todorov!
Scott Parker is still out also, as is our old friend Quashie, Bellamy and Cole look like leading the line, with Solano pushing for a starting berth.

Player to watch: Bellamy

The Welsh bloke was on fire at Blackburn 2 years back, but a wasted spell at Liverpool has seen him end up at West Ham.
If the jet-heeled flyer from 2 seasons back turns up, Distin and Campbell could be in for a torrid evening.

Match Facts & Stats

1958 was the year, normally this ws the last time Pompey had an achievement, but no, this was the last time West Ham beat Pompey in the top-flight! Not mant teams have gone that long!

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean (wirral)

Match Prediction:

Recent history is stacked on Pompey's side, as is recent form, but you know how these things can bite you on the arse, hedge your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn on Wednesday in the cup




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2007

Time: 9:27PM

Your Comments

I hope we play at the new ground at Tipner before they beat us again!
paultsmouth
quite confident on this result, i think our midfield will be to poweful for theres, after they are missing some key players, which means that we should dictate play, accumalating in a benjani hatrick??
PompeyGleamer
Bellemy is a git & will annoy the pants off us unless we squash him early on. Could be a tough game, they won't roll over that easily.
storagematt
bellamy will get crunched by distin and then will be a little git like you sed, but he does have that touch of class, hes goals 2 seasons a go were
PompeyGleamer
i predicted 2-1 ( sadly i can see Bellamy scoring against us when he stops diving a rolling around) on the prediction league earlier this week and see no reason to change that, i have also backed it up with a tenner i borrowed :-P , a little contest i am curious about on this game will be how the nasty racist Bowyer stacks up against either Muntari or Diop. With his gob i can see a flare up.
russellm
yep, that could be a possbility couldnt it mate - but i hope not... were gonna win again fellas, we could be in the top 4 by the end of the weekend?
pompeyrug
We should have been in the top 4 last Saturday if it was not for Mark Battenburg!!
eastneydave
I would just love us to give them a right old HAMMERING. Sunderland were desparately unlucky last week and exposed their defence. Pompey should be well above The Black Cats on performances so we will certainly start clear favourites. All good runs must come to an end but let's keep this one going for as long as we can. 2-1 for mine.
pompeygray
I hope you fella's win and make the Uefa Cup this season. Have always liked your lot, great fans, good manager and ex-Arsenal boys to.
Ozi Gooner
pompeygray - my sentiments exactley if the Hammers defence is as poor as it was last week against Sunderland I reckon we could see another seven... we'll probably lose now I've said that !
Chix
the man with no neck is a big threat, but watch noble as well
paultsmouth
i think that muntari will cover noble
PompeyGleamer
i like noble, he is a good little player isnt he - and just to think until the latter par of last season he couldnt get in their side!
pompeyrug
 

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