Tuesday, July 24, 2007


This is being played in Hong Kong and despite the evening kick off, due to the humidity, conditions will be gruelling.

Both of these teams are showing a lot of ambition. Pompey are looking to build on the success of last season and Lawrie Sanchez has been allowed to flash the cash, spending almost £25m on 7 new signings, Fulham are looking for a european push, as opposed to a relegation battle, this season.

Diomansy Kamara choose Fulham ahead of Portsmouth, stating that he thought he had more chance of silverware, with the London club.

Think this will be played at a very low tempo and we can expect both teams to use a lot of substitutions. Harry Redknapp has already said that he will use everyone of his 17 named players. I think that the Fulham squad are a little ahead of Portsmouth, some of whose players, like new signing John Utaka, have done almost no training.

Sanchez is not the type to take anything easy and he has already started his strongest eleven , or close to it, in two meaningless friendlies against lesser teams. Feel that they will be a little hungrier and given the conditions and how the match is likely to be played, with lots of stop/starts/ water breaks , I really like them receiving the small handicap.

5 points Fulham +1/4 ball asian line 2.02.

Good Luck.

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