Pompey v Bournemouth: Big match preview

Marc McNulty will lead the line for Pompey today Picture: Joe Pepler
Marc McNulty will lead the line for Pompey today Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey host Premier League Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round at Fratton Park today.

Here’s an at-a-glance guide of all you need to know before kick-off (3pm).

Pompey team news

Ryan Fulton will retain his place in Pompey’s goal for the visit of Bournemouth.

However, right-back recruit Kieron Freeman is cup-tied having already played in the competition this season for Sheffield United.

With Brian Murphy not yet ready to return following concussion, Fulton is to continue, with Paul Jones on the bench.

Paul Cook must decide whether to rotate any members of his squad, with a league match at Morecambe on Tuesday.

Ben Close could come in, while Christian Burgess is pushing for a start. Danny Hollands is still out injured.

Bournemouth team news

Juan Iturbe is set for his first Cherries start.

The winger from Roma scored a hat-trick for Bournemouth’s under-21s against Gillingham and, with Eddie Howe expected to rotate his squad, comes into the frame at Fratton Park.

Ex-Pompey favourite Sylvain Distin is also likely to start having lost his place in the Premier League line-up.

Michael Elphick and Joshua King are both expected to feature following injury.

But Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel are long-term absentees.

Pompey - Likely line-up:

Ryan Fulton, Ben Davies, Adam Webster, Matt Clarke, Enda Stevens, Michael Doyle, Adam Barton, Gareth Evans, Gary Roberts, Kyle Bennett, Marc McNulty. Substitutes: Paul Jones, Conor Chaplin, Adam McGurk, Ben Close, Christian Burgess, Kal Naismith, Ben Tollitt

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Bournemouth likely line-up:

Adam Federici, Jordan Lee, Sylvain Distin, Tommy Elphick, Matt Butcher, Juan Iturbe, Shaun MacDonald, Eunan O’Kane, Lewis Grabban, Tokelo Rantie, Joshua King. Substitutes: Ryan Allsop, Baily Cargill, Matt Ritchie, Jordan Green, Josh Wakefield, Glen Murray Marc Pugh

Formation: 4-4-2

Referee: Mike Dean

Match odds (Supplied by The Betting Room)

Pompey to win: 13/8

To win: 1-0 7/1, 2-0 9/1, 2-1 17/2, 3-0 18/1, 3-1 18/1, 3-2 25/1

Bournemouth to win: 11/8

To win: 1-0 6/1, 2-0 15/2, 2-1 7/1, 3-0 14/1, 3-1 12/1, 3-2 20/1

Draw: 9/4

Pompey stats

Top scorers: Conor Chaplin (8), Marc McNulty (7), Gareth Evans (6)

Most assisits: Enda Stevens (8), Kyle Bennett (7), Marc McNulty (5)

Most appearances: Kyle Bennett (32), Enda Stevens (31), Ben Davies (31)

Form Guide: Oxford (L), Ipswich (W), Ipswich (D), Crawley (W), Luton (D)

Bournemouth Stats

Top scorers: Callum Wilson (5), Junior Stanislas (5), Dan Gosling (4)

Most assists: Charlie Daniels (3), Matt Ritchie (3), Junior Stanislas (3)

Most appearances: Simon Francis (25), Matt Ritchie (25), Adam Smith (25)

Form Guide: Sunderland (D), Norwich (W), West Ham (L), Birmingham (W), Leicester (D)

Today’s other Cup fixtures (3pm kick-offs, unless stated)

Colchester v Spurs (12.45pm), Arsenal v Burnley, Aston Villa v Man City, Bolton v Leeds, Bury v Hull, Crystal Palace v Stoke, Nottm Forest v Watford,

Oxford Utd v Blackburn, Reading v Walsall, Shrewsbury v Sheff Wed West Brom v Peterborough, Liverpool v West Ham (5.30pm)

Tomorrow

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

Gaffer for a day - Adam Tungatt

I honestly feel we have a chance of winning this, especially considering how we played against Ipswich over both games.

Although, Bournemouth are clearly going to be more difficult opposition and their second team is probably a hell of a lot better than Ipswich’s first!

Eddie Howe has signed more players this month and put together a decent squad there – but let’s go out and attack them. The atmosphere will be great.

This is a bit of focus for us away from the league, which is good. Some fans have been getting on the players’ back in League Two so it is an opportunity to take minds off that.

I think there’s a good chance of us getting a result as well, whether it be a replay or a win.

Looking at our team, I would keep the same back four which lined-up against Oxford United, with Matt Clarke continuing in place of Christian Burgess.

It is a thought to rest Michael Doyle with a trip to Morecambe on Tuesday, but we should go with him just because it is against Bournemouth and the fourth round of the FA Cup.

I would also choose Ben Close over Adam Barton after impressing me when he came on as substitute against Oxford. He also did well in the first Ipswich match.

Personally, I think Barton is better at centre-back rather than the centre of midfield.

With it being the Cup and a Fratton Park sell-out, why not go for two up front, with Conor Chaplin and Marc McNulty best suited.

It is something different and we do seem to be lacking an aspect to our game at present. I know Paul Cook likes the 4-2-3-1 formation, but let’s try something different.

I want us to win, but think we might just lose out 3-2.