Date: 30th November 2006 at 1:01am
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POMPEY LOOK TO SWIM AGAINST THE TIDE AT ANFIELD

Pompey look to turn around their away form tomorrow against the side with the best home record in the Premiership.

Recent defeats have sobered many fans visions of grandeur fuelled by early success at Middlesborough and Charlton. Defeats at Chelsea and Man U go hand in hand, Spurs always get given a dodgy penalty at the lane, and although we could have expected something at St. James` history again says we come away empty handed.

In fact this season is slipping into familiar Pompey style, go away, get stuffed, come home. Our early success on the road however propelled us into the top four; somewhere we still sit at the time of writing, although its strong home form that`s kept us there.

Liverpool are mirroring Pompey in many ways, strong at Anfield, khazi on the road. So if the mighty Liverpool don`t like it on the road, maybe the way to beat them at Anfield is to play like we are at home, attack from the off and go for it. If we expect to lose or pinch a draw, that`s exactly what will happen, so why not throw caution to the wind? We are tipped to get nothing, so if we go for it and lose, then sod it, but if we go for it and give Liverpool a smack on the nose in their own back yard, that will do me.

Newcastle has had its drawbacks though, Stefanovic finally admitted defeat to injury and will now be missing for the next few weeks, Davis took a kick in the groin and looks a major doubt, Lua is again carrying a knock just as he looked like approaching full fitness, and Matt Taylor jarred his back, although reports out of Fratton say it easing fast. So far there is no sign of Griffin coming back, Duffy is at Coventry and Pamarot is already standing in at right-back for the absent Glen Johnson, left-back looks a real concern.

Fernandes and Hughes will fight for a rare start if Davis is forced to dip out, and Kranjcar and Douala will probably be looking to make an impact from the bench.

King Kanu will probably carry the goal scoring hopes again, but who knows maybe a midfielder or defender could burst the net on Merseyside!

(Memo to Le Tissier:- stop tipping Pompey, it works better when you predict us to lose)

Play up Pompey
Paul

I KNOW THE PREVIEW IS GOING ON AFTER THE MATCH BUT PAUL IS HAVING PROBLEMS HIS END AND I’VE ONLY JUST BEEN SENT AN E-MAIL ASKING ME TO PUT THIS ON!