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Plenty Vying For Place In Cup Tie

Could Pedro Mendes be a surprise contender for a place in Pompey's team for their FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Saturday? The Portuguese midfielder returned from ankle surgery to play for a Pompey XI in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Bournemouth. He came through the whole game without problems. John Utaka, Lauren, Lucien Aubey, Sean Davis, Richard Hughes, Arnold Mvuemba andMilan Baros all played - and realistically, any of them could feature against a ....


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Fans' Anger Over Kick-off Changes

Pompey fans have hit out at the constant changes to their fixture list after being lfet with just one Saturday game in April. A few weeks ago, Pompey had four games scheduled on Saturdays for the month - West Ham on April 5, Newcastle on 12, Manchester City on 19 and Blackburn on 26. But within a short space of time, the games at Manchester City and at home to Blackburn have been switched to Sundays, while the West Ham game has now been moved to Monday night, ....


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New Hope For Training Ground

Pompey may yet to get to build their purpose-built new training ground in the Fareham area.  Their hope looked dead when Fareham council, backed by English Heritage, refused their plans for a site at Titchfield, but now they have opened talks with the local authority, with rumours that a fresh venue is being looked at. Pompey have appealed against the refusla ofthe Titchfield scheme, which would hold considerable benefits for the local community and for the area's schools, but ....


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Toffees Get Injury Boost For Pompey's Visit

Everton look like having a fully-fit squad to choose from when Pompey visit for a European showdown on Sunday. Manager David Moyes says he is expecting Mikel Arteta to be passed fit for a game which neither side will want to lose in the race for a UEFA Cup or Champions League spot. Harry Redknapp is hoping to have a similarly fit line-up to select from. Spanish international Arteta, a key man for the Toffees, has missed two of the last three matches because of injury and ....


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Defoe Can Be A Greaves Or Lineker

Jermain Defoe has been tipped to be a massive hit at Pompey - and has been compared to goal greats like Jimmy Greaves and Gary Lineker. The England and ex-Spurs striker has had a positive start to life with the Blues, with two goals in three games. one was a penalty but both were well-taken - and in front of the Fratton end. Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara, who has watched Pompey numerous times this season and has seen first-hand Benjani's two hat-tricks, reckons Defoe is on another level to ....


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Niko's Happy To Wing It

Niko Kranjcar says he was happy to go wing walking as Pompey proved patience can pay off in the Premier League. The Croat said his switch to a wide position on the left early in the second half against Sunderland helped the Blues to victory. Kranjcar was switched as Harry Redknapp  changed his formation to try to unlock a stubborn Sunderland side - and it worked a treayt as Kranjcar found room to torment the Black Cats down their right. One of his runs led to Phil Bardlsey ....


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Sunderland Competition Winner

The winner of the competition for two ticket for today's game with Sunderland was: MARK HANSFORD Congratulations. Thank you to all those who took part and didn't win. Better luck next time! the competition was brought to you in partnership with Sportingo.com Message Board I Contact Us....


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Defoe & Baros To Pair Up Again

JERMAIN DEFOE and Milan Baros are set to be reunited in attack against Sunderland on Saturday after Harry Redknapp indicated he would be giving Kanu a rest. Redknapp appears to be thinking of saving Kanu for the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford in just over a fortnight - although he may use the Nigerian in the league at Goodison Park six days earlier. Kanu has had an injury-hit season and Redknapp does not want to be without him at Old Trafford, where Defoe will be cup-tied. Pompey may also soon ....


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3,800 Tickets For Cup Quarter-final

Pompey have an initial 3,800 tickets for their FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Saturday, March 8 - but it will rise to 6,000 seats if demand is exceptional.   Pompey have to let Manchester United know by Thursday whether the extra 2,200 seats will be needed. The fact the game is on Sky and will kick-off at 12.45pm will put some off. Although in 2002-03, when trips to Old Trafford were still a rarity, Pompey took almost 10,000 fans, also for a lunchtime ....


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Jamo Is In Demand

Spurs want him (well, have you seen the guy who was playing in goal for them 'til recently?). Fabio Capello wants him (well, have you seen the guy who was playing in goal for England 'til recently?). And maybe Man Utd are a little annoyed at being drawn against David James and Co in the next round of the FA Cup. Yes, in a season when Pompey have some of the best midfielders and forwards they've ever had, one man is hogging most of the headlines - and he's a ....


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Old Trafford Trip In The Cup

Pompey will visit Old Trafford in the sixth round of the FA Cup. Fans' worst fears came true when the Blues were drawn away to one of only two other Premier League teams through to the next round. Games will be played on Saturday & Sunday, March 8 and 9 and all four will be televised - meaning kick-offs either at Saturday lunchtime or teatime, or Sunday afternoon. The omens aren't great for an away game with the Red Devils in the Cup - but they're not as bad as you might ....


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Pompey Tipped To Make It To Wembley

POMPEY are heading for Wembley. There are plenty of Blues fans saying it - and now Sky's Andy Gray is backing the idea of them reaching the FA Cup final for the first time in 69 years. Gray will be expert summariser for Sky's Super Sunday coverage of Pompey's visit to Deepdale, which sees them in the last 16 for the first time in four years. The former Everton, Aston Villa and Wolves striker - an FA Cup winner himself in his day - reckons the way could be clear for Pompey to be heading to ....


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Blues Star Hits At Foreign Games Plan

Pompey midfielder Richard Hughes has added his voice to the ever-louder chorus of disapproval over plans to play Premier League games abroad. Fans and managers have led the protests, and it seems plenty of players are giving it the thumbs-down. Pompey fans are being invited to a meeting in London where a top supporters' group will work on an action plan to see the idea defeated. Hughes asked in his weekly column in The News how a league could be fair if suddenly teams were ....


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Bolton Bonus Can't Lift Pompey Higher

POMPEY got two bonus points at Bolton - but are still heading for a finish in seventh place. That's according to our predicted results for the rest of the season, amended after the weekend's games. It means they are still reliant on Champions League sides winning the Cups if they're to make it into the UEFA Cup. We got five out of seven of Saturday's results right - but after being let down by two games on Sunday, we ended up with only six out of 10 correct outcomes. We'd had Pompey down for ....


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World Cup Is The Dream For Jamo

David James is hoping his form for club and country will earn him a stab at World Cup glory in 2010. He has set his sights on keeping the England place he has won back through a string of consistent and often-outstanding displays for Pompey. James followed up an England recall from Fabio Cappello last week with a man of the match display at the Reebok, where his saves first kept Pompey in the game at 0-0 and then preserved the late lead given them by Lassana Diarra's goal. The No 1 was ....


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Diarra's Double Euro Dream

Lassana Diarra has Europe on his mind - for club and country. The French midfielder is convinced he can help Pompey make it into European competition for the first time, and he hopes to follow that achievement with being part of his nation winning Euro 2008. The 22-year-old has been a revelation since arriving at Fratton three weeks ago following a short stay at Arsenal. Fans have taken to him at once and he was universally named man of the match against his other old team Chelsea, when he ....


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Benji: It Is 7.75m, Say Pompey

Chief executive Peter Storrie has moved to ally fans' fears Pompey have been seen off over Benjani Mwaruwari. The Fratton supremo says the top scorer's sale is for £7.75m - but Pompey won't get all of it until he has played 75 games. Meanwhile, talk of another possible high-profile departure has been played down. The Zimbabwean finally moved to the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday afternoon amid continuing talk that Jermain Defoe is still not yet at pompey on a permanent ....


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Benjani Going, Going - But Not Gone

Benjani Mwaruwari will become a Manchester City player on Tuesday. But we're not saying which Tuesday. Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said on Monday night the deal for the Zimbabwean to go to Eastlands would be completed within 24 hours. He is costing City around £7.5m - slightly more than the sum Pompey are paying Spurs for Jermain Defoe. As for Defoe, he will become a permanent Pompey player on Thursday or Friday - that also came from Storrie on The Quay's Monday football ....


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So Who's Pompey's And Who's Not?

JUST when you thought the mysteries of Pompey's deadline-day deals couldn't get much deeper, they do. Now it's revealed Jermain Defoe - tonight called back into the England squad - is not yet a permanent signing, while Manchester City hint they don't want Benjani after all. The Premier League and FA are expected to rule on who Pompey's top scorer belongs to on Monday. Pompey have admitted Defoe's reported £7.5m move from Spurs to Fratton Park is only a loan deal - but insist a ....


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Benji Misses (planes, Not The Goal)

Manchester City\'s bid to sign Benjani failed at the eleventh hour after he missed two planes to Manchester leaving insufficient time to complete routine checks, said reports today. Despite rushing the 29-year-old to Carrington around 11.10pm last night, there was not enough time to complete the formalities of an £8m switch from the south coast as City refused to be rushed while Pompey waited to complete their own deal to bring Jermain Defoe from Spurs which finally went ....


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Defoe In, Benji Out. Happy?

IT'S 12.30am on February 1, and no-one seems able to confirm Benjani Mwaruwari has joined Manchester City. That in turn measns no confirmation Jermain Defoe is a Pompey player. Don't you just love transfer windows? The Spurs striker was set to join Pompey for a fee somewhere between 8m and 10m - with Benjani moving to Manchester City for something between 6m and 8m. It would appear Harry Redknapp was told he could get Defoe, who he has long courted - but only if he raised most of the cash ....


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What - And Who - Is Up For Sale?

Pompey are not up for sale - but it seems their top scorer might be. The club have dismissed talk of Sacah Gaydamak selling up, but have been tight-lipped so far about talk that Benjani Mwaruwari is having a medical at Manchester City. Late-afternoon reports say Pompey and Spurs have agreed a fee for Jermain Defoe, thought to be around £8m. Pompey were quick to deny claims in The Times and in other outlets that Gaydamak wanted out. A statement from Fratton said: 'The club has moved ....


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Preston Trip Looms In Cup

POMPEY will visit Championship strugglers Preston in the last 16 of the FA Cup. They avoided the big four in this afternoon's draw, which saw Arsenal drawn to visit Manchester United. There seems a good chance Pompey's game could be live on TV, with both BBC and Sky heavily favouring games involving Premiership sides this season. And if you're looking for omens here's a nice one: Pompey have played Preston in the Cup three times before - in 1939, the year they went on to win it, ....


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Baros Ready To Hit Ground Running

Pompey's latest sigining Milan Baros was keen to move back to the Premier League because he knows English football well and will be able to hit the ground running. So says the Czech striker's agent as Baros links up with his new team-mates for training for the first time on Monday morning, hoping to make his debut at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The capture on loan from Lyon for the rest of the season is a timely one for Harry Redknapp, who saw David Nugent ruled out for three to four ....


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Perrin Is Key To Baros Move

ALAIN PERRIN looks like hurrying Milan Baros into deciding quickly whether he wants to go on loan to Pompey. Meanwhile a move for a Scottish-based defender is being talked about. The former Aston Villa striker is at Perrin's club Lyon, and Sky Sports are reporting that Perrin is also facing losing the services of a second striker, Brazilian star Fred. He won't want to lose both, so will want Baros to make up his mind whether he is staying or going before Fred's future is ....


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