Portsmouth v Bournemouth

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Fratton Park plays host a south-coast derby on Saturday as Portsmouth do battle with Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round.

Pompey and the Cherries were League One rivals only three years ago, but a contrast in comparison now sees the two clubs sitting at the opposite ends of the English professional football pyramid.

The League Two outfit's journey in the famous cup competition started in the first round, where they beat Macclesfield 2-1 before running out 1-0 victors over Accrington.

However, Paul Cook's side needed a replay to set up a meeting with Premier League opposition after seeing off Ipswich 2-1 at the second attempt, with the original third-round tie finishing 2-2.

Pompey are well placed to challenge for promotion this term as they sit amongst the play-off places in fifth, although they are 14 points adrift of leaders Northampton.

Eddie Howe's team have performed admirably in the top tier of English football following their recent promotion, having lost just once in 2016 – a 3-1 reverse to West Ham earlier this month.

The Cherries are perched just four points above the relegation zone in 16th position, but that is largely due to the absence of key players through injury.

Howe lost strikers Callum Wilson and Max Gradel to serious knee injuries early into the campaign, while skipper Tommy Elphick required surgery on an ankle problem.

Defender Tyrone Mings also sustained a long-term knee injury at the start of the season, which has left the manager stretched at times.

However, good news for Howe is that Elphick has returned to contention and is back in the matchday squad.

But midfielder Junior Stanislas is still battling with a knee problem he picked up in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland last weekend and will be out for another fortnight.

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