No more room for error as Tigers come to Fratton Park.

Should Pompey fail to beat Hull City tomorrow then even the most optimistic fan will have to accept relegation from the Championship.

Team News

After an abject performance, Michael Appleton must decide if Man City duo Karim Rekik and Luca Scaouzzi should start, with Kelvin Etuhu and Marko Futacs also hoping to replace those who were especially poor on Saturday.

The good news is that influential Hull midfielder Robert Koren is sidelined with a hamstring injury but Aaron McLean and Mark Cullen may start after coming off the bench against Leicester.

The Match

Many people have accepted defeat in Pompey's fight against relegation this season but tommorow's match does offer a glimmer of hope as it is our game in hand against the other strugglers.

A win would see Portsmouth climb above Doncaster in the table and will be three points behind Bristol City in 21st, giving the club a fighting chance of Championship survival. Anything less than victory and it really will be game over.

Nick Barmby's men have fallen off the boil recently by losing their last two games. However, they still remain just two points outside the play-off places and boast the meanest defence in the division. It might take another "Birmingham-esque" half of football to put the Tigers to the sword tomorrow night.

For those who do turn up tomorrow, let's create another atmosphere like last week against the Brummies and hopefully the players can respond and deliver.

If they repeat the performance at Coventry, we may as well all give up now but I'm backing our boys to take this chance, however small, of salvation.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Pompey

GK: Jamie ASHDOWN

RB: Greg HALFORD

CB: Jason PEARCE

CB: Ricardo ROCHA

LB: Tal BEN-HAIM

RM: Kelvin ETUHU

CM: George THORNE

CM: David NORRIS

LM: Scott ALLAN

CF: Chris MAGUIRE

CF: Luke VARNEY

Hull

GK: Vito MANNONE

RB: Andy DAWSON

CB: James CHESTER

CB: Jack HOBBS

LB: Liam ROSENIOR

RM: Corry EVANS

CM: Robbie BRADY

CM: Paul McKENNA

LM: Cameron STEWART

CF: Aaron McLEAN

CF: Matty FRYATT

Last Time: Portsmouth 2 Hull City 3 (Championship - 03/01/2011)

After dominating the first half, Pompey fell behind when Halford felled Stewart in the box with Jimmy Bullard converting the resultng penalty. Liam Lawrence then scored a spot kick of his own in the second half to restore parity.

Pompey pushed forward but were hit with a double-suckerpunch as Fryatt and Barmby took advantage of slack defending to put the Tigers 3-1 up. Halford headed in a corner with 15 minutes to go but the home side couldn't find an equaliser.

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My Prediction

This will be a tough game and I expect plenty of incident, but we simply have to win and I think we will do just about enough to do so.

Portsmouth 1 Hull City 0