Date: 18th August 2009 at 8:30pm
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Its August, you have played one game, but if you are Brum or Pompey and you believe the press, this is our first relegation 6 pointer!!

Not bad really, but both teams have been written off before the season started, so we certainly are brothers in arms as far as press popularity is concerned.

Pompey’s ‘takeover’ has rolled over into its 364th week, although it is only in its 80th week of nearing completion, so we may have to be patient a few months yet.
Reassurances are part and parcel of every day life now, a little bit of actual action wouldn’t go amiss though, if I’m told to wait and see another time I may well to have some form of self-combustion.

Anyway to the football, Birmingham, like Pompey, lost their opening match, while we conceded to Fulham, Birmingham went down to a Rooney goal at Old Trafford, different teams, but same outcome, and both teams will be eager to get off the mark in the points margin.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Hart seems as cheesed off with our takeover saga as the rest of us, not helping at the weekend were the Italian FA, apparently the only reason Vanden Borre was absent from the squad was due to the only, yes, ONLY person available to sign over his registration in whole of Italy was having an extended lunch break, nice work if you can get it.

Our new Belgian arrival is available tomorrow night, if he can displace Kaboul or the match winner workhorse that is Utaka is another matter.

Birmingham Team News:

Benitez is the man who Brummie fans will posting their hopes on for goals, he gave a lively display at United.
Joe Hart has been given the chance to resurrect his promising career after seeing it curtailed by the money mountain at City.
James McFadden will be looking forward to his return to the Premiership, while Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson will provide the nuthouse in midfield.

Player to watch: Vignal

Absolute donkey at Fratton, if he can perform as he did here, we may well get some joy down our right flank.

Pompey Team News:

Vanden Borre is available after his registration came through covered in Asti stains. We don’t have too many options up front with Nugent out the picture, but Piquionne looked promising, Utaka is the most likely to give way after another inept display.

Player to watch: Kranjcar

Supposed to be our only jewel left, played more like a nugget of purest green on Saturday, if we are to succeed he needs to deliver and fast.

Match Facts & Stats

A 5-0 thwupping in our great escape year still lives in the memory, but then again so does Kranjcar’s fantastic free-kick 2 seasons back.

Ref Watch:

Ploppy (son of Ploppy)

Match Prediction:

I can’t predict who is in charge, but have a go here.

Next Fixtures:

Arsenal or someone