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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Portsmouth: Premier League preview and prediction 2008/9

Portsmouth: Premier League preview and prediction 2008/9

Portsmouth looked toothless in the Community Shield and it may take a few weeks for the Crouch and Defoe partnership to gel, but even if Harry Redknapp has to sell before he can buy he still has a good side - probably the best balanced squad he has ever had at Portsmouth. The defence looks a bit creaky and some super fast forwards could make serious inroads but overall Portsmouth will be entertaining and certainly capable of a few shocks.

Another 8th or 9th placed finish (as per the last two seasons) on 51-56 points seems likely.

TRANSFERS TO DATE Ins: Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Ben Sahar (Chelsea), Glen Little (Reading), Omar Alieu Koroma (Banjul Hawks), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham).

Outs: Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan), Omar Alieu Koroma (Norwich, loan), Joel Ward (Bournamouth, loan), Asmir Begovic (Yeovil, loan).

RECENT LEAGUE FINISHES Recent league position: 8-9-17-16-13 Recent league points: 57-54-38-39-45

SPREAD BETTING Sporting Index final position prediction: 8th Sporting Index points prediction: 52.50 - 54 points

Sporting Index is expecting Pompey to drift three or four points off last seasons total of 57; back to the region of 2006/7s 54 points. A buy will be profitable if Portsmouth manage 55 points or more.

Example: £10 buy Portsmouth season points at 54 Portsmouth get 64 points: You win £100 Portsmouth get 59 points: You win £50 Portsmouth get 54 points: Break even Portsmouth get 49 points: You lose £50 Portsmouth get 44 points: You lose £100 and so on

PREDICTION Finish 9th, 51-56 points

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