4th round time in the FA cup and Pompey welcome Sunderland to Fratton park to contest a place in the 5th.
All the pre-match quotes are the same, Pompey are skint, blah, blah, Sol to sue, blah, blah, Udinese to sue, blah bloody blah, Kaboul off etc.etc.etc.
We used to play football at Fratton, now its a soap opera to rival Eastenders, well El Dorado anyway, the football has paled into insignificance now, a match will take place, but much like the last round outing at Fratton, all eyes will be elsewhere, chants will be aimed at an empty directors box, a march to Fratton will ensue, and Sunderland will enter the surreal world that is Pompey.
Pompey Team News:
Any bugger who is signed on and still here.
Player to watch: Vanden Borre
Simply because I think he will get a game!
Sunderland Team News:
Sunderland have a plethora of riches to choose from in comparison to the carcass of Pompey, Craig Gordon is fit to return after injury, likewise Luke Cattermole, Richardson and Andy Reid while Michael Turner has completed his 4 match ban.
Player to watch: Bent
The England hopeful will be looking to add to his notch at the Stadium of Light against Pompey, he and Jones have scored more between them than Pompey have in total in the League!
Match Facts & Stats
Since the War we have met just the once in the Cup, Sunderland winning 1-0 at Fratton back in 1999 in a rare December cup tie.
The Grim Reaper
West Ham on Tuesday