Writer: Andy Leggott
Date:Tuesday August 22 2006
City of Manchester Stadium
City will be looking to pick up their first points of the season when they entertain a re-vitalised Portsmouth team on Wednesday evening.
Pompey travel to Eastlands on the back of a 3-0 home win against Blackburn on the opening day. New boy, Kanu, grabbed two of the goals on his debut but isn't expected to start because of his lack of pre-season training.
City will be hoping Andreas Isaksson and Dietmar Hamman are both fit to make their debuts for the blues after Sunday's woeful showing at Chelsea. Darius Vassell looks certain to start as Corradi starts a ban for his sending off on Sunday.
The game may well see David James make an early appearance against City and you can expect him to have one of his better games as we are the opposition.
Pompey haven't beaaten City in the top flight in Manchester since 1954. Let's hope it stays that way after this fixture.
Stuart Pearce expects Portsmouth to be tough to beat after their recovery act last season. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Pearce spoke of the tremendous achievement in staying up that Redknapp made possible.
"Harry did a hell of a job keeping them in the Premiership last season. I saw them lose at Aston Villa in March and thought they were in big, big trouble.But the one thing about Harry is that he is prepared to put his neck on the line.'
Hamman and Isaksson may start after injuries forced them out of the Chelsea game. Corradi is missing through suspension which should see Vassell restored to the starting line up. Trabelsi is not yet deemed fit enough for a start.
Generally performs better at home and owes the club after Sunday's poor showing.
Pompey have doubts over Todorov and O'Neil. New signings Campbell and James should start although Kanu may find himself on the bench despite his brace on Saturday.
Bound to play a blinder with his new club playing us so soon
Portsmouth haven't won a top flight fixture at City since 1954. Last season saw the blues win 2-1 at home and lose 2-1 away.
City need to win this game, coming as it does between Chelsea and Arsenal. I fully expect them to get their first three points of the season. 2-0 to City.
Arsenal (h) 26/08/06 1715
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Date:Tuesday August 22 2006
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