Stadium: Fratton Park (20,200)
Distance from OT: 241 miles
Position 07/08: 8th
Head-to-head 07/08: 2-0 (h) 1-1 (a)
When do we play them? 23/8 (a) 28/2 (h)
15/08/2008 08:27

Euro hopefuls: Portsmouth

Cup heroes will continue to improve under Harry’s tutelage

Headmaster Harry Redknapp always seems to bring the best out of his charges. Young tearaways settle down, promising pupils deliver A* work and there are usually fun and frolics for all – particularly in last season’s FA Cup odyssey (wince at the memory). Now Redknapp leads Pompey on an exchange trip into uncharted European waters. Luckily, it’s not far to the ferry.

Head boy David James: it’s impossible to put a value on his performances in 2007/08. A campaign half as impressive would still be twice as good as most of the competition.

Maths Pompey won every game in which they went ahead last season (21 in total), for which assistant boss Tony ‘Offside!’ Adams must take great credit.

English Blighty provides the spine for ’Arry’s side: James, Crouch, Glen Johnson, Defoe and captain Sol Campbell. The rest are Africans, French, Croatians, Portuguese and an Icelander.

History Pompey went seven years unbeaten under floodlights at Fratton from 1979 to 1986.

Tuck shop item A Drifter. Back in the big time having disappeared for years.

Predicted grade B+ A mean back line should secure a top-half league finish, while a new-look strike force could deliver the goods.

Detention Lassana Diarra. Feisty former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder snaps at heels like a pesky terrier.


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