Brighton v Portsmouth

07 January 2011 02:32
Striker Chris Wood will be in the Brighton squad for the FA Cup third round tie against Portsmouth after extending his loan from West Brom.However, new signing Craig Noone is cup-tied having already played in the competition for Plymouth. [LNB]Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill has 14 or 15 fit players to choose from. [LNB]Defender Greg Halford is set to extend his loan deal from Wolves but is banned for the tie, while striker Dave Kitson should play following a foot injury. [LNB][LNB]Brighton manager Gus Poyet told BBC Sussex: "It's a totally different game because of the magic of the [FA] Cup and playing teams in different divisions. [LNB] [LNB][LNB] "We've had a couple of difficult ones so we hope we can finish this one in 90 minutes. [LNB]"They've got real quality in terms of individuals who can go and win the game. It could be a good test. It's up to us to play our way and keep getting better. [LNB]"They are the better team and we are in form, but to put us as favourites is being unfair on Portsmouth." [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match [LNB] BIG-MATCH FACTS The tie in context[LNB]• This is one of five third round ties pitting a League One club against a Championship side. [LNB]Gulf in class[LNB]• Brighton are seven places lower in the pecking order than Portsmouth. [LNB][LNB] Head-to-head • There is nothing to choose between these clubs, as they share 15 wins a piece from their 40 competitive meetings. [LNB]• They have not met since the 2002/03 season, when they were both in the second tier, and the Seagulls drew 1-1 on their own turf. [LNB] FA Cup records and best performances [LNB]• Brighton are looking to knock out Portsmouth for the fourth time. [LNB]• The Sussex club last prevailed 1-0 in the third round in 1993. [LNB][LNB] The clubs BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION[LNB]Current form[LNB]• Won their last two league games, with a 7-1 aggregate score. [LNB]• Glenn Murray has scored six goals in his last four appearances. [LNB]FA Cup form[LNB]• Beat non league Woking and FC United of Manchester after replays in the first two rounds, having drawn at home in the initial ties on both occasions. [LNB]• The 1983 runners-up made the fourth round for the first time in 17 seasons last year. [LNB]PORTSMOUTH[LNB]Current form[LNB]• Lost their last two league games. [LNB]• Conceded three goals in each of their last three games. [LNB]• Not won in four, since beating promotion-chasing Norwich 2-0 at Carrow Road on 11 December. [LNB]FA Cup form[LNB]• The 2008 winners, were runners-up to Chelsea last season. [LNB]• Won 12 of their last 16 FA Cup matches, losing just two of them. [LNB][LNB] Replay date Tuesday, 18 January 2011 (Kick off: 1945 GMT) [LNB][LNB] Match officials Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) [LNB]Assistant referees: John Farries and N Lugg [LNB]Fourth official: Nick Kinseley

Source: BBC_Sport