Pompey on FA Cup duty.

Pompey take on Sunderland tomorrow in the FA Cup fourth round hoping that a win will boost confidence ahead of Tuesday's massive encounter with West Ham.

Team News

With David James' move to Stoke imminent, Asmir Begovic will keep his place in goal but Younes Kaboul and Steve Finnan could return to the side after injury. Tommy Smith will miss this game against his former club with a hamstring injury, along with Richard Hughes.

Michael Turner returns to the Sunderland side after a ban but new signing Matt Kilgallon is cup-tied. Steve Bruce claims that 'keeper Craig Gordon will start ahead of first choice stopper Marton Fulop.

The Match

Before the game there will be the "S.O.S Pompey" march which starts at Guildhall Square, gathers pace at Milton Park and then heads to Fratton Park. Media from Sky, BBC and ITV are expected to cover this if there is a good turnout so I'll be very interested to see the result of this protest.

As for the game itself, it's one we have more than a fair shout at winning given Sunderland's woeful form fresh from being pasted 7-2 by Chelsea. The Black Cats' 3-0 win at home to the mighty Barrow in the previous round is their only victory in nine games, a run which includes Pompey's last gasp draw at the Stadium of Light back in December.

We may have only scraped past Coventry and the club may be days from going into administration but I still feel we can beat a Sunderland side who can't buy a win at this moment in time.

People who say "the cup doesn't matter" may have a point considering that Pompey have bigger fish to fry on the pitch as the club tries to avoid relegation, but a win tomorrow will give the cook some much needed oil to fry that fish.

That's at least until he gets burned, or released because the employer can't afford to pay him....

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Pompey

GK: Asmir BEGOVIC

RB: Steve FINNAN
CB: Younes KABOUL
CB: Marc WILSON
LB: Hermann HREIDARSSON

RM: John UTAKA
CM: Michael BROWN
CM: Papa Bouba DIOP
CM: Aaron MOKOENA
LM: Kevin-Prince BOATENG

CF: Frederic PIQUIONNE

Sunderland

GK: Craig GORDON

RB: Phil BARDSLEY
CB: Michael TURNER
CB: Paulo DA SILVA
LB: Kieran RICHARDSON

RM: Andy REID
CM: Lorik CANA
CM: Lee CATTERMOLE
LM: Steed MALBRANQUE

CF: Darren BENT
CF: Kenwyne JONES

Pundit Watch

Lawro: Home Win (2-1)

My Prediction: The post-match talk and press will be about the protest but on the pitch I think there will be joy to be had as this should be the perfect time to play Sunderland right now.

Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 1