Portsmouth v Chelsea preview
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp relishes this type of encounter and is busy trying to plot the visitors' downfall even though there is a doubt over veteran striker Teddy Sheringham, who is carrying a hamstring pull.
Alexei Smertin, on loan from Chelsea, is ineligible and Kevin Harper is suspended.
However, there are plenty of bonuses for Redknapp, who has Patrik Berger, Steve Stone, Petri Pasanen and Dejan Stefanovic all available again.
Recent import Sebastian Olszar is looking sharp in the reserves and might be able to win a place on the bench.
Chelsea welcome Hernan Crespo back into the fold for the first time since he injured a calf against Liverpool in early January.
The Argentinian could replace the out-of-touch Adrian Mutu, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be hoping he is not the man to miss out as he seeks his 100th Premiership goal.
Joe Cole and John Terry return as do Claude Makelele and Scott Parker, but there is no place for Carlo Cudicini, who is out with a groin strain, so Neil Sullivan should deputise again between the sticks.
Marcel Desailly and Alexis Nicolas are left out of the squad after being involved in the party that faced Charlton Athletic on Sunday.
Big-money summer captures Juan Sebastian Veron and Damien Duff are still sidelined through injury.