New signings Hayden Mullins and Pele are in contention to make their Portsmouth debuts in place of Sean Davis (virus). Boss Tony Adams is already without Papa Bouba Diop and Richard Hughes. Younes Kaboul is fit after a back injury but unlikely to be risked.
Emile Heskey is poised to make his Villa debut after a £3.5 million move from Wigan and full-back Luke Young is back after a ban. Winger Ashley Young is suspended for two more games. Wilfred Bouma and John Carew are still injured.