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Newcastle v Pompey


St James'

Sat 03-11-07


It is off to Tyneside tomorrow, for the longest journey we have to make in the league this season - at least it is not a midweek game! We rarely come back with anything do we - but things can change...

Vital Quotes:

We were poor against West Ham, but poorer still against Blackburn in the week when the league cup dream ended, so some players, strike that most players that started on Wednesday - and most will again tomorrow - will need to up the ante this time and redeem themselves.

Newcastle Team News:

Abdoulaye Faye (illness) looks likely to return but one time Pompey target Mark Viduka (calf), as seems the norm these days Damien Duff (ankle) and Stephen Carr (hamstring) are out.

Other than that the barcodes are at near full strength.

Player to watch: Milner

I like the fella; he seems to give many defences the run around, so if he turns up on Saturday - which sometimes he does not - we could be in for a tougher than already expected afternoon.

Pompey Team News:

Sulley Muntari (hamstring) and Hermann Hreidarsson (torn groin muscle) missed the league cup debacle and are doubtful again.

Even though he had another poor game Pedro Mendes will most likely keep his place in midfield, but I would not expect Noe Pamarot to fill in for Hreidarsson this time, his selection at left back was a bad choice and it showed, you need that natural left sided player so after an impressive 45 minutes Matty Taylor 'should' fill in if needed.

I doubt many changes will be made, but it is almost nailed on that it will be a lone striker and Kanu might have come in for Benjani had he been fitter, but the chances of him being up to starting a match are slim, so I am happy that Benjani will probably keep his place.

Player to watch: Kranjcar

The fella has been fantastic this season, growing in stature all the time, so the more we can get him on the ball - but show for him this time, unlike Wednesday - the more dangerous he will be, as will we.

Match Facts & Stats

The barcodes has won their last 4 home games, but we have won our last 3 away - so something has got to give... they also have no clean sheets in their last 6 games, while we have had 5 in 6.

The biggest concern though, they are 22 games unbeaten at home against us in the league, winning 16, with the others drawn.

Ref Watch:

Chris Foy

Match Prediction:

I could think of easier places for us to go, but we want to banish the Tyneside demons sooner or later, so why not sooner. A major improvement is also needed from recent performances, so 'arry will demand this, and he 'should' get it...

Give me a point now and I will bite your hand off, but as I am the eternal optimist I will go one further and say we will end our 58 year run without a league win at St James' with a 2-1 victory - agree or disagree put forward your predictions on the game here.


Next Fixtures:

Man City at the Fortress next Sunday.

Date:Friday November 2 2007
Time: 10:52AM

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Kranjcer has been immense, if we involve him, we have a great chance!
02/11/2007 12:43:00
he looks the business doesnt he - on the train back yesterday i wrote alittle something about him, so i will type this up and publish it soon... i think we have a real superstar in the makings tho and if he can be as heavily involved tomorrow as he was on wednesday - but with more help! - i reckon we could just pinch it 2-1 you know fellas...
02/11/2007 13:01:00
Score draw. But I want the Pompey to beat the TOON!
Real Deal
02/11/2007 13:20:00
im not predicting, but i feel we will see a defensive lineout from HR.
02/11/2007 13:58:00
Jamo is quoted in the News as describing Owen as his 'nemesis' apparently every time they've played against each other, Owen has scored. Lets hope that ends tomorrow. Always a difficult place to go (bit like Fratton Park), anything we do get will be a bonus.
02/11/2007 14:08:00
its a hard game to predict, if we have a good away following, play well then we are difficult to beat. plus weve been unbeaten away from home 3 games in a row now
02/11/2007 14:15:00
Good luck anyone who's going, don't forget to take your binoculars it's like watching subbuteo without them, absolutely the worst view for away fans of any ground i've ever been to. Rather go in the upper tier of the away end at loftus road and unless you're in the front row you can't see the goal at that end there.
Steve C
02/11/2007 16:30:00
We will revert to type and try to hang on for a point, i can see it. I will see any of our fellow Vital Members for a beer in Yates Wine Lodge, another bloody long journey though isnt it?
02/11/2007 16:46:00
owenspompey, im not old enough to go into the pub!!! Well I am, but whats the point going in without getting alchahol!, steve C is it really that bad???
02/11/2007 17:12:00
O god!!! away 2 Newcastle, is it that time again!!!! :(:(.....really dont know if I can predict a win this weekend, could def do with Muntari back for this one.....1-1 I recon!
02/11/2007 17:59:00
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