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Fulham vs. Portsmouth

Craven Cottage

07/10/07

16:05

On Sky

Fulham v Portsmouth

After our battling performance at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, we entertain high scoring Portsmouth this weekend in a fixture that is live on Sky Sports.

Games against Portsmouth are always enjoyable and their army of noisy fans will create quite an atmosphere, let`s hope the home faithful can match them as we seek to get those vital three points that`ll get our season kick started.

Vital Quotes:

It`s not the first time we`ve played Portsmouth this season, our paths crossed in the tournament we participated in on the Hong Kong tour a fact remembered by Simon Davies who had this to say about our visitors,

"We played Portsmouth in Hong Kong pre-season and they were a strong physical side."

"They`ve got athletes all over the pitch and a lot of pace up fornt, which is difficult to play against."

"It will be a close game and we have just got to take our chances when we can. If we can defend like we did at Chelsea we should fancy our chances."


Let`s sincerely hope so!

Fulham Team News:

After the encouraging performance at Stamford Bridge last weekend, it looks increasingly likely that Lawrie Sanchez will opt to stick with the same eleven that could have snatched three points at the death.

This will mean that Kasey Keller will remain between the posts thereby keeping the recently recalled to the Finnish national team, Anti Niemi, on the bench.

Two Fulham players, Alexei Smertin and Diomansy Kamara are likely to play against a club they have previously played for, a tonic for a goal each methinks. However, Dejan Stefanovic may have to be content with a place on the bench.

Player to watch: Clint Dempsey

Clint`s had a bit of a rough time the past week after Chelsea tried to force a little retribution for the stray elbow that floored John Terry last weekend. Hopefully nothing was forthcoming and perhaps Clint can collect the perfect tonic with a goal against Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Team News:

Portsmouth arrive at Craven Cottage having taken part in an eleven goal thriller against Reading last weekend. It`s hard to see the popular Harry Redknapp making any changes to the starting eleven unless any of his squad picked up any knocks.

Portsmouth are likely to have a very familiar figure in the centre of the park in the shape of Papa Bouba Diop who moved to Fratton Park during the transfer window. Let`s hope he receives a lively welcome.

Player to watch: Benjani Mwaruwari

After his hat trick last weekend, against Reading, his confidence will be sky high, here`s hoping it was a flash in the pan and that he`ll revert to his previous style, cruelly described as not being able to hit a barn door from three foot.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season the corresponding fixture finished 1-1with Fulham grateful to a last gasp equaliser from Ian Pearce.

As far as the history books go Portsmouth have the upper hand in all fixtures at Fulham with nine wins compared to our six (eight draws). In the Premier League, Fulham have the upper hand with two wins compared to one for Portsmouth (one draw)

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb (Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

We`ve got to remain positive, we`ve got to accept that we`re not going to get another 3-3 goal fest and we`ll willingly settle for a 1-0 win, wouldn`t we?

Next Fixtures:

With the international break coming up, Fulham wait a fortnight until relegation favourites Derby County arrive.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 6 2007

Time: 12:49PM

Your Comments

I'll go for a draw!
merlin
i too would settle for a 1-0 win...but for us. I think it's intresting that you highlight benjani as your danger man, as i think it will be kranjcar who will have the greatest impat on the game for us.
pompeycarpet
I'm a bit drunk (again) so i am going for 1-2 pompey and our Niko Krancjar being the danger man of the match, looking forward to another laugh in the pub after with you cottagers
russellm
1-0 for Fulham! we will see!
Rxnx21
ALL PREDICTING A CLOSE GAME THEN :-)
merlin
two evenly matched sides I'd suggest despite the gap between us in the table!
Putney
Pompey to edge it, bit gutted, it will be the first time I miss the Fulham trip in about 3 years
paultsmouth
time to win, and portsmouth seem to be getting cockey so i reckon 2-0 to the whites
Backslash2010
Pompey have a right to be getting cocky. We are alot better than 75% of tems in the premiership.
POMPEYMEV
 

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