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Pompey v City

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After another emphatic away performance at St.James, can our counter-attacking football break down fellow high-fliers Man City?

Vital Quotes:

Pompey really have started to make people sit up and notice, we have known all season we were really good this year, but now after the demolition of Newcastle at St.James for the first time since '49, the pundits and fellow fans are taking note alike.

The Sun (who incidentally although Redknapp has a column, never rate a Pompey player higher than 8, even if he gets a hat-trick!) tip Pompey for a win, Paul Walsh who has covered the last 3 City games, tips Pompey for the win, if we are not careful LeTissier is going to start!!

Pompey Team News:

One enforced change will be in midfield, Diop is banned after accumulating the bookings, but this should at least be countered by the return of talismanic Mendes. City must hate the sight of him, 3 home goals in a year, all blockbusters, and they are reduced to kicking him out the games. (Thankfully both Barton and Thatcher have departed, are their any more thugs in their ranks?)

Mendes has yet to fire properly yet this season, but along with Taylor has had to contend with crumbs from the bench, such has been Pompeys storming start to the season.

In defence, Hreidarsson is fit to resume at left-back, but Harry sticks to his form players as he has done so far, Pamarot should have done enough to hold him off.

It's great now to have a squad where players who have been consistent, cannot force their way back in straight away, such as Kanu, Mendes and hopefully Hermann. This is meant as no disrespect to the Icelander, but it gives off the right message to those on the edge of the squad if they get their chance.

Player to watch: Mendes

Who else? After the great escape brace of 2 seasons ago, the scorcher last year, who else will we expect to hit a 30 yarder come Sunday?

Man City Team News:

Micah Richards should return at centre back, but City are down to 16 fit outfield men, with Johnson and Onuoha both definite absentees.

City are reminiscent of Pompey last year, on fire at home, but not so away, they have only the solitary away win so far, with a thrashing at Chelsea in the bank, how they approach this one is anyones guess, they attacked Chelsea and came a cropper, maybe they will try the West Ham approach and block and defend.

Player to watch: Elano

Hit the ground running so far, all City's best moves seem to involve him, and he has had an eye for goal as well.

Match Facts & Stats

City at Fratton is normally full of goals, beside Mendes' exploits I can recall a great game a couple of years back where a Fowler/Cole patnership hit the bar 3 times and Pompey hit 4!

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey, one of the calmer refs, and hopefully one who will keep the cards in his pocket and let the game flow

Match Prediction:

Another Newcastle or another West ham? Hedge your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Blank weekend coming up with International break

Date:Friday November 9 2007
Time: 9:00PM

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A repeat of last week please!
09/11/2007 21:05:00
Yes please Paul. Elano good player but doesn't last 90 minutes. City well placed on their home form not good travellers.
09/11/2007 21:14:00
(i think) you picked the wrong man to watch from man city. If THEY want to stop US, then they need a decent defence - hence i would say micah richards will be there most important playor. would love to see us win, but with man city in scintilating form, and me always being pessimistic, its time for man city to turn around there away struggles, and climb further up the table (if thats possible?
09/11/2007 21:28:00
Could be another West Ham type of game. Obviously want us to win but they may hold us for a draw. Interesting match with James & Distin against their old clubs, no Diop & hopefully a spanker or 2 from Mendes. No Barton or Thatcher either. 1-1.
09/11/2007 21:36:00
Best of luck to you lot.
Blue is the colour
09/11/2007 21:49:00
Oh God !...just read that moron Mark Lawrenson on the BBC pickin us to win 2-1 on about putting an albatross on us.
09/11/2007 21:55:00
Since both sides has had a great start to the season, this fixture has been the game I've been most looking forward to.
09/11/2007 21:57:00
this fixture has been one ofn the 3 most dreaded matches i have gone into - along with blackburn away, and newcastle away (note, its the first home game ive been worried about). every other game, i have seen a win being possible, even likely - but this, with man city playing so well, and wantinmg to bounce back from there lastfew away defenats (6-0), i cant see us doing as well as we should.
09/11/2007 22:17:00
I think this is our first real test. The draws againt Man U and Liverpool were great results, but the pressure was off us then (it was at Newcastle really too, where we'd have all settled for a draw). Now it is definitely on. This is a game we should be winning if we are going to realise our dreams of really making our mark on the league this season.
09/11/2007 22:32:00
Ok,ok so they got great form at the moment, but re Man City really that good? they've had a couple of tough games, but nothing like we've had to endure! dont get me wrong, Im not underestimating them, but I have got alot of belife in our ability now. If we can hold ManU & Liverpool, I sure as hell recon we can get a result against Man city! plus Mendes getting a chance.......its fate!!!!! 2-0 pompey, Mendes & Kanu!
09/11/2007 22:35:00
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