Date: 25th January 2010 at 7:16pm
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Pompey entertain West ham at Fratton, just a month after a demoralising defeat in the reverse fixture, revenge will no doubt be on our minds.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey are on the crest of a wave, well more a ripple really after first turning over Sunderland and then getting the draw we wanted for the 5th round, joy is not a word commonly associated with anything Pompey these days, but I was punching the air last night I can tell you!

Avram Grant is keeping a low profile as far as the press are concerned, he is no doubt as sick of the off-field dramas as the rest of us.
Paul Groves seems to be our spokesman now and he said ‘Wins breed confidence and any win in any cup can give us a springboard and something we can build on.

‘They’re all big games – especially the home games and especially the ones against the teams in and around us.

‘But this is one we can look forward to on the back of a result and performance like the one we had on Saturday.”

Pompey Team News:

Pompey have struggled to fill the bench in recent games, Diop and Brown have both managed to pick up injuries at the weekend and the problem may be worse, Finnan and Smith are both training again though.
David James and David Nugent both remain Pompey players, but both are hankering for action elsewhere so won’t figure, Nugent’s loan is not officially complete until midnight Tuesday anyway.

The side is going to look very much like it did on Saturday, Utaka has earned his place, while Basinas must be banging the door down, Mullins stands by.

Player to watch: Utaka

John is finally finding his form after a two year sabatical, if he can keep it up we may have a real asset, he needs to justify his 30k wages somehow!

West Ham Team News:

Carlton Cole is on the cusp of rejoining the starting eleven, he may have to make do with a bench spot though.
Perma-injured Dyer is joined by Gabbidon on the sidelines.
Zola can enjoy moving from looking over his shoulder for players moving on to the luxury of a bit of financial stability.

Player to watch: Green

May seem an obvious one, but he is the man we have to beat.

Match Facts & Stats

A 4-1 reverse last season was the start of the end for Tony Adams tenure, but at least Bellamy has moved on!

Ref Watch:

Douglas Glen Colvin

Match Prediction:

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Next Fixtures:

2 trips to Manchester with a stop off in Fulham inbetween