Steven Taylor is recalled to the Newcastle starting line-up having missed last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Reading because of food poisoning.
The 22-year-old will partner Abdoulaye Faye in central defense with David Edgar dropping down to the bench at the expense of Lamine Diatta.
Newcastle are looking for their 4th win in a row at Fratton Park this afternoon, in a matchÂ that promises to be an attacking game from both sides.
Portsmouth: David James, Glen Johnson, Herman Hreidarsson, Sol Campbell (c), Sylvain Distin, Papa Bouba Diop, Sean Davis, Sulley Muntari, Niko Kranjcar, Nwanko Kanu, Jermain Defoe
Subs: Lauren, David Nugent, Richard Hughes, Pedro Mendes, Asmir Begovic
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Joey Barton, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c), Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster, Damien Duff, Alan Smith, David Edgar, Andy Carroll
Referee: Phil Dowd