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Ipswich vs. Pompey

Portman Rd

5/1/08

15:00

Tractors v Pompey

A diversion from the league, and a goodbye to our Africans, Pompeys impressive away form is up against the equally impressive home form of Ipswich.

Vital Quotes:

Sulley Muntari has gone on record in saying he wants to go out with a bang, as its the last time we will see him in a Pompey shirt in up to a month, I want fireworks!

Ipswich Team News:

Ipswich will be cast as the giantkillers in this one,but in the not too distant past it would have been roles reversed.
Alan Lee should return up front with Walters switching back to midfield.
Richard Naylor is the only absentee of note, Tommy Miller has completed his ban is available for the tie.
In the stand ther could be the familiar figure of Laurent Robert who is on trial with Town.

Player to watch: De Vos

Old big nose will head away anything we launch at him, so we need to steer clear of the tactics we used against Middlesbrough, but on the deck it will be a different matter, Pompey have pace and this is where we can hurt the big man.

Pompey Team News:

Hughes hopes to be fit after a hip injury, if he struggles to make it, it will be somewhat offset by the return of Mendes, although Davis is still a little behind.
Nugent may get a hankered after start at a level he is more than familiar with, and he does seem to like Ipswich!
The bench could make interesting reading, Taylor and Lauren have both been linked with moves away this week and may be kept away from the team sheet.

Player to watch: Muntari

Sulley has stated himself that he is the one to watch in this one, last time he said that though he had a stinker up at Anfield!

Match Facts & Stats

A 1-0 win to Pompey was the last result 2 years back, our goal coming from the unfortunate Da Silva.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey

Match Prediction:

Pompey must be favourites to take away the unbeaten record, but any complacency and it will be straight back in our faces.

Next Fixtures:

Sunderland next Sunday on the box




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 4 2008

Time: 10:20PM

Your Comments

Time for the Nuge? Harry must surely tinker a little bit
paultsmouth
I went to the game two years, when dario scored. In truth, the guy wasnt great, but I felt very sorry to hear about what happened. Good to see him in the paraguay team for the paralympics! Is he in the rowing team? anyway, i think this match will be great, two teams with great records, and it has all the ingrediants to be a cracker, can see why the villa, united game was televised, but this is surely a more interesting match then the burnley, arsenal game? anyway, I hear from skysports that the africans will be on the bench, so paultsmouth i think is correct in saying harry will field a different team to that of the one which plays most weeks.
PompeyGleamer
vital wigan claim that the FA cup isnt as important for the likes of us anymore - how wrong can they be, the FA cup for us is massive, and so thre is no excuse to loosing today
pompeycarpet
Gleamer yes it is great to see Dario on the way back, by the way he is Uruguayan, and he was a good player but reached Pompey at the end of his career. HR had watched him in Spain before we reached the Premier League!
eastneydave
Away win!
Bosko-Macedonia
yep dario was a fantastic footballer, but by the time he came to us his magic had gone. good lukc to him in his future quest... its gonna be a tough game, but i reckon we should have enough to get through, just give dave nugent a start 'arry - come on mate he's earned it! i doubt we'll see matty taylor tho will will...
pompeyrug
A win is a must today, we must, surely?
paultsmouth
This Has All The Makings Of a Draw With Pompey Winning The Replay..!
horseworrier
like last weekend when we played reading the 'live' game chat will take place for this one too, so around 2.30ish the teams will be published on this site so hopefully like last week plenty of us will get involved...
pompeyrug
Sorry rug, out today so cant make the live chat:(
pompey4me
you are excused :-)
pompeyrug
i didn't think Dario was a bad player at all and the stats said the same, sadly they also told us about the mostly tripe he was surrounded by. I have put tenner on yesterday and as i want us to win but think horseworrier and lawro ( who obviously reads horseworrier's column) are right so im going 6 on the draw/win but 4 on the win. If we lose i get nothing if we draw i could get 13.95p, if we win it is 14.03p... yea i like to live on the edge
russellm
sorry Rug i was en route so missed the live game chat, where is it done ? In the forum or on the home page?
russellm
yep, that is living life on the edge... but cover all bases i suppose so good thinking as i dont think we will lose, that much i am sure of... it takes place on the home page mate - as soon as i can before kick off i produce an article with the team line-ups then we chat away... it was a huge success against reading last week with over 200 comments being made during the game... for an example of what its about see that article by clicking here... it only takes place for away games tho.
pompeyrug
i wuld like too add that after the 200 and something posts, i had the last word!
pompeycarpet
ahhhh....time to not feel the stress of the prem...I know I know, we want to do well in the FA cup, but I just cant feel as stressy about it as i do for the prem games!...can see us wining this,...i know it looks tight, but i think it may be resonably comftable.....so..unlike most, Im not a nugent fan...at all, but I would like to see what he can do today!
CharlieChimes
he liks playing against ipswich, he likes playing in cups, and we want to see what he can do. the only reason no to play him, is to avoid him getting cup tied. or if harry just doesnt like him. and if we loose this game, i will be horrendasly embarisied, more so than loosing any other game (other than the one against burnly) we are representing the premiership against the lower leagues, and do not want to be the lauging stock of the country! big pressure, particually as we have targeted the cups as something we could win
pompeycarpet
Mvuemba is a starter along with Kanu, no Nugent again then
paultsmouth
yo boys, this live?
PompeyGleamer
im *****ed off with the fact that kanu has again been selected ahead of kanu... he'll keep getting selected ahead of him even when he's in bloody african wont he!
pompeyrug
u a bit drunk rug???... Kanus eh?? thats why he plays alot!! :):)
CharlieChimes
 

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