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Rupert Wyman 10th Apr 2010 - 16:35

An audience with O'Hara

The armchair audience will be in for a treat when watching Tottenham play Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final.

Jamie O'Hara is cup-tied for the match and is on loan at Portsmouth from Spurs. He could flirt with controversy again when interviewed by the ITV panel. A few weeks ago he claimed in the press that he would rather Portsmouth won the FA cup tie than his parent club.

He has been a Spurs fan since his childhood, but he hasn't been tempted to change his opinion.

Under the former Tottenham manager Ramos, O'Hara prepared to play for the Carling Cup final team a few years ago, that went on and beat Chelsea but he did not even make the bench. He was devastated and now wants to win the cup with Portsmouth and earn a Wembley medal, even at Spurs' expense.

Portsmouth have lurched from one crisis to another this season, they have had four owners, two managers, late wages, a transfer ban, a High Court administration, nine-point deduction and later today, probably relegation.

There will be many familiar faces at Wembley tomorrow, Redknapp took Portsmouth into the Premier League, won them the FA Cup, and kept them up during two different stints in-charge.

He is under scrutiny by Portsmouth fans, and is not immune from blame for Portsmouth's decline in many fans eyes.

These two clubs are almost entwined. Defoe, Crouch, Boateng, Rocha, O'Hara, Brown, Kaboul and Kranjcar have all played for both clubs during their careers. The backroom staff with Redknapp at Tottenham all used to work alongside him at Portsmouth.

Avram Grant was Redknapps' former director of football at Portsmouth and they are personal friends.

If Grant's side can put all their off-field problems and league position behind them, it would be sweet revenge if the underdog can win, the fans have seen a swift decline since Redknapp left.

Portsmouth 2008 FA cup winner James should line up in goal for Pompey. Finnan, Yebda, Belhadj and Kevin-Prince Boateng are in line to start. Dindane can figure as this is the final game he can play before a £4 million purchase payment to Lens is triggered.

Redknapp's former Portsmouth captain Hreidarsson is crocked along with Ben Haim and Webber.

Lennon, Jenas and Woodgate are all sidelined for Spurs and Kaboul is cup-tied, after playing for Pompey earlier this season.

Pompey may have lost to Tottenham twice this season in the league yet neither game was a stroll in the park for Spurs. Pompey were unlucky not to secure a draw at Fratton Park, after a storming second half performance, losing 2-1.

With Spurs fielding a makeshift defence and Pompey highly motivated, the game could be much closer than many pundits predict.

I would have a flutter on Portsmouth draw no bet at 13/2, with Piquionne, Boateng and Dindane all starting for Pompey,  if they take their opportunities, they could get something out of the game. It is not a league match and with the magic of the FA Cup, anything can happen.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is a value bet to score the first goal of the match at 16/1, he scored the last goal earlier in the season at Fratton Park and he will be itching to get on the score-sheet against his former club. He is still aggrieved with Redknapp for not giving him a fair crack of the whip at Tottenham.

It is another magical FA Cup weekend and in a rollercoaster season for Portsmouth, there could be one last high before they begin next season in the championship.



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