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Brum v Pompey

Birmingham
vs.
Portsmouth

St.Andrews

24/11/07

15:00

England showed what they are made of mid-week, now its up to Pompey's so-called foreign legion to try and keep our away run rolling.

Vital Quotes:

All the talk this week has been about England, the fall-out over our lack of qualification has led to call from some quarters for Harry Redknapp to lead his country, unsettling? we will see, on the other fence its been all about Steve Bruces' departure to Wigan, how this affects the Midlanders will also become clearer tomorrow.

Birmingham Team News:

Cameron Jerome is a definite absentee after a hernia operation, this will be countered by the return of Forsell, who scored against Villa in the Premiership last time out, and again for Finland last Saturday.
One time Pompey target Djourou should feature in defence along with Liam Ridgewell.

Player to watch: Forsell

The Finn was hot property a couple of years back, while on loan first time round with Birmingham, he was banging goals in from all angles, but a serious knee injury stripped a year from his career. Forsell may have lost a yard, but remains a quality striker who can punish anyone who underestimates him.

Portsmouth Team News:

After the International break no-one has returned crocked, Sol will look forward to playing alongside a reliable partner in defence again, and a 'keeper with a safe pair of hands!
John Utaka has made good progress from a hamstring tweak, but Kanu remains a doubt. Matt Taylor will hoping he did enough in the draw with Man City to be in the reckoning, but if Utaka starts, I feel Pompeys side will have a very familiar and successful line up.

Player to watch: Kranjcar

An International who played like one on Wednesday night, the Premiership is taking note of our Croat now, and regular games are seeing the best of him.

Match Facts & Stats

Last time round 2 years ago was Pompey at our lowest ebb, thrashed 5-0 and seemingly doomed to relegation.
Generally we draw at City, although I have fond memories of a Guy Whittingham inspired win back in '93.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson

Match Prediction:

Pompeys away form is red-hot right now, but can we keep it up? Place your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Everton at Fratton next up, then back to Birmingham to play Villa.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday November 23 2007
Time: 10:08PM

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Comments

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Another 3 please Pompey!
paultsmouth
23/11/2007 22:16:00
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Smash them.
Lysimachus
23/11/2007 23:18:00
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It's going to be quite a game I should imagine.
Pompeyscum
23/11/2007 23:50:00
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i reckon this will be a good game, but will be a game that pompey win, and win pretty comfortably tbh... 4-0 is my bet!
pompeyrug
24/11/2007 00:22:00
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Another ground we haven't won at for a while and recent history isn't good there, on the basis that we said in a poll earlier in the season that the promoted three should be fodder I'm going for a comfortable 2-0 win to Pompey - Nugent & Benjani the scorers - Play up Pompey another three points please
Chix
24/11/2007 07:28:00
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I think everyone is getting a bit carried away, man u struggled to win 1-0, it depends how they react to Bruce leaving, does it galvanise them, or leave them rudderless? Most teams seem to win their next game after a manager quits, I'll take a narrow win any day!
paultsmouth
24/11/2007 07:29:00
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yep most teams do respond well when their manager goes but i can see brum being terribly disorganised and we will be hungry to make up for 'only' getting a 0-0 against city and have a reaction a la newcastle a few weeks ago... clearly i will take any win, i dont care how little or how much but seriously think we could give them a pasting today if we play to our best.
pompeyrug
24/11/2007 09:33:00
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well, i really want nugent to score - so thats 1 for him - and our defence has looked really strong lately...so its about time we slipped up, so 2 for brum. i just can never see pompey winning - particually not away from home.
pompeycarpet
24/11/2007 10:35:00
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Hey Carpet you definitely have piles, you are more negative than me about Pompey outcomes, or is it simply you want to say we will lose whilst firmly believing we can win. The alternative according to police records is that you could possibly be a scummer in disguise. I prefer to believe the opposite...
pompeygray
24/11/2007 13:04:00
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it seems to be a running theme that carpet goes for a defeat and we win - i think he is keeping the trend going...
pompeyrug
24/11/2007 13:11:00
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