Date: 7th December 2007 at 7:34pm
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1970 was a great year, I was born, Pompey last beat Villa on their turf, time to break another hoodoo?

Vital Quotes:

Martin O’Neill and Harry Redknapp have been having a bit of a love in all week, each has been singing the praise of the other saying what a great job the other is doing. Can’t see either taking over at England though, foreign seems to be the choice this time.

Villa Team News:

Petrov has done a baconstring and will miss to show his one time suitors what they are missing, otherwise it looks like a full squad for the in-form Villans to choose from.

Player to watch: Carson

Calamity Carson comes face to face with his nemesis Kranjcar for the first time since his England wonder show (wonder why he was in goal), at the other end will be a familiar face to both Carson and Villa fans alike, England rival James.

Pompey Team News:

Sean Davis looks to have missed out with hamstring trouble, although improved he has missed training, Mendes should continue in the holding role. Lauren has joined Davis on the sidelines(again) but probably wouldn’t have figured anyway.
Otherwise its much of the same, 4-5-1 maybe? I think so!

Player to watch: Kranjcar

Can the Croat crow once more? Carson will have eyes on him when he cuts in from the left, but Niko is bang in form all over the park, his flicks and passing were the highlight of last weeks dour draw.

Match Facts & Stats

1970 was the last win for us at Villa, but then again 1949 was the last time we overcame Newcastle at St.james’ so will another bogey team be plucked from Pompeys nostrils?

Ref Watch:

Mike Riley

Match Prediction:

Villa fans are all predicting wins for their lot, but Pompey are a formidable outfit on the road, what do you think, click and guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Spurs at home