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MATCH PREVIEW: POMPEY v AFC BOURNEMOUTH

29 January 2016

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup clash

Pompey would have been comfortable favourites to beat Bournemouth if the sides had been drawn together 10 years ago.

But a remarkable reversal of fortunes means that they will be underdogs at Fratton Park in Saturday’s fourth round clash.

When the Blues were lifting the FA Cup at Wembley in 2008, the Cherries were still licking their wounds after being relegated to the bottom tier amid financial uncertainty and points deductions.

But the Hampshire side have since suffered their own tumble down the divisions, while the Dorset outfit are playing top-flight football for the first time ever.

Eddie Howe – who had an injury-plagued spell with Pompey between 2002 and 2004 – led them to the Championship title last term.

They currently sit 16th in the Premier League table and are four points above the drop zone with 15 games remaining.

Bournemouth won 2-1 at Birmingham in the third round, with Lee Tomlin – who has since been loaned to Bristol City – and Glenn Murray on target.


TEAM NEWS
Danny Hollands (leg) is still sidelined for the Blues, while new loan signing Kieron Freeman is cup-tied after appearing for Sheffield United in the first round.

Tommy Elphick is set to start for the visitors after recovering from an ankle problem, but Junior Stanislas (knee) is out.

Defender Sylvain Distin and winger Matt Ritchie will both be hoping to be involved against their former club.


QUOTES
Read what Paul Cook and Michael Doyle had to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to watch extended interviews with the manager and Ryan Fulton.


HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 8 Wins
Bournemouth: 7 Wins
5 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 6 Wins
Bournemouth: 1 Win
3 Draws

Last Meeting
Bournemouth 1 (O’Kane)
Pompey 0
League Cup R1
August 6 2013


MATCH COVERAGE
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park from 2pm on Saturday.

We’ll also have match updates on Twitter and the Pompey Wall.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, Pompey PlayerHD and our official YouTube channel, with extended highlights to follow at midday on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent, while The News will also have extensive coverage.


TICKETS
Tickets have completely sold out and no more will be made available.


BETTING
Pompey can be backed at 2/1 with Sky Bet to reach the fifth round, while the visitors are 11/8 favourites.

Click here to read our betting preview and remember to register at www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club whenever you have a flutter.


ALSO IN EMIRATES FA CUP
Colchester v Tottenham (12.45pm)
Arsenal v Burnley
Aston Villa v Man City
Bolton v Leeds
Bury v Hull
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Nottingham Forest v Watford
Oxford v Blackburn
Reading v Walsall
Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom v Peterborough
Liverpool v West Ham (5.30pm)

Tomorrow
Carlisle v Everton (1.30pm)
MK Dons v Chelsea (4pm)


LAST ROUND

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