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Match Preview: Pompey v Chelsea U21

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

9 January 2018

Pompey v Chelsea U21

Pompey put their play-off ambitions to one side this evening and focus on trying to reach the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

They face a Chelsea under-21 side in what is the final round of the competition to be split into southern and northern sections.

Both sides will be aiming to win inside 90 minutes, otherwise a penalty shoot-out will be held, using the new ‘ABBA’ format.

Kenny Jackett’s side men reached this stage by finishing top of their group and then seeing off Northampton in the last 32.

Their opponents were runners-up in their section, but then enjoyed a 4-0 romp at MK Dons to progress further.

Chelsea’s development outfit – who are managed by Joe Edwards – were beaten 2-0 at Swansea on Saturday, leaving them eighth in the top tier of Premier League 2.

Pompey have not faced the Londoners since they were – rather harshly – beaten 4-0 in an FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge in January 2012.

The winners of tonight’s game will find out their next opponents when the draw is made on Sky Sports Football’s EFL Matters show from 7pm on Thursday.

Gareth Evans (hamstring), Brandon Haunstrup (knee), Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Stuart O’Keefe (groin), Danny Rose (leg) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still sidelined.

But Kal Naismith has returned to fitness, while recent loan arrivals Sylvain Deslandes and Connor Ronan could be handed debuts.

Chelsea’s side must include at least six players aged under 21, with £33 million signing Michy Batshuayi featuring for them in the last round.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Adam May on tonight’s game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 21 Wins
Chelsea: 38 Wins
24 Draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 15 Wins
Chelsea: 17 Wins
10 Draws

Seats can be bought online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. Only the North Stand Lower and wheelchair sections are open tonight.

Supporters purchasing tickets this evening should visit the booths located behind the Fratton End.

Please note that the Victory Bar will not be open for this match. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis, priced £5.

This match will be screened live on iFollow via the match centre to both international and domestic subscribers.

Supporters can also purchase a one-off match pass for £5. Click here for more information.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with
highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

Pompey are 6/5 favourites with Sky Bet to win the tie after 90 minutes, while the visitors can be backed at 21/10.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Pompey 1 Chelsea U21 2

Blues exit Checkatrade Trophy

9 January 2018

A dominant Pompey were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy following a dramatic conclusion at Fratton Park

They created a host of excellent chances in the first half and it was somewhat of a surprise that the sides went in level at the break.

But Belgian starlet Charly Musonda netted following a counter-attack for the Londoners and that looked to be it.

Substitute Brett Pitman levelled in stoppage-time, however, and the third round tie looked to be heading for penalties.

But there were still time for Musonda to curl home a fine free-kick and ensure it was the visitors who progressed to the quarter-finals.

Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that were beaten at Bristol Rovers on New Year’s Day.

Connor Ronan was handed a debut in place of Pitman, while fellow Wolves loanee Sylvain Deslandes was named among the substitutes.

Pompey were on top throughout the first half and the only negative from a confident performance was that they failed to break the deadlock.

An early effort from Ben Close set the tone for what was to come, with the ball hitting Trevoh Chalobah and ricocheting wide.

The hosts were passing the ball around nicely and one move ended with a snap-shot from the lively Ronan, forcing Marcin Bulka to get down to his right and make the save.

Chelsea’s only threat arrived following a quick break on 17 minutes, but Callum Hudson-Odoi could not beat Luke McGee at the keeper’s near post.

A series of corners led to problems at the other end, with decent deliveries from Matty Kennedy and Dion Donohue causing some nervy moments in the Londoners’ defence.

The fans in the North Stand Lower were being entertained and the Blues had three excellent opportunities to forge ahead in the space of a few seconds.

Bulka twice came to Chelsea’s rescue by keeping out a header and shot from Oliver Hawkins with smart saves.

Sandwiched between them was a sharp volley from Jamal Lowe that had to be cleared from the line by a well-placed Kyle Scott.

Still the chances kept coming and when Close tapped a free-kick to Ronan, the diminutive midfielder fired narrowly over the bar.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Chelsea U21 0

Pompey picked up where they left off after the interval and another opportunity was carved open by one of Matt Clarke’s trademark surging runs.

He sprinted more than half of the length of the pitch and played a neat one-two with Kennedy before laying the ball off to Ronan, who saw his effort blocked.

Jackett made a double switch on 53 minutes, with Hawkins and a limping Nathan Thompson making way for Kal Naismith and Pitman.

The Blues had been pretty dominant as the game approached the hour mark, only to then find themselves trailing.

Chelsea broke quickly down the left and Scott cut the ball back for Musonda to calmly steer past McGee and into the net.

It was still the hosts looking the more confident side, but they were not creating as many clear openings as in the first half.

A Ronan free-kick almost proved fruitful, however, with Pitman’s back-flick blocked and the same fate then befell his ambitious over-head effort.

The danger was not over, though, and when the ball bounced up and hit Ethan Ampadu on the arm, referee Gavin Ward ignored cries for a penalty.

But it took a superb save from McGee to stop Chelsea doubling their lead on 73 minutes, with the keeper flinging out an arm to somehow deny Scott from point-blank range.

Conor Chaplin came on for Ronan, as Jackett tried to inject some extra attacking impetus into his line-up.

And the striker thought he should have won a spot-kick when he went down under Ampadu’s challenge, only for Ward to again remain unmoved.

Pompey did level in added time, though, when PITMAN collected Kennedy’s cross and turned sharply before firing home.

It looked like penalties were on the cards, but when Christian Burgess crudely halted Hudson-Odoi’s surge, Musonda stepped up to curl in an impressive winner.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson (c) (Pitman 53), Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe, Ronan (Chaplin 76), Kennedy; Hawkins (Naismith 53)
Goals: Pitman 90+2
Booked: Burgess
Subs not used: Bass, Deslandes, Widdrington, Bennett

Chelsea U21 (4-3-3): Bulka; Sterling, Chalobah, Ampadu, Grant (Colley 83); Maddox (Redan 28), Sammut (c), Scott (McCormick 87); Musonda, St Clair, Hudson-Odoi
Goals: Musonda 58, 90+5
Subs not used: Cumming, Dasilva, Christie-Davies, Hazard

Referee: Gavin Ward

Attendance: 3,116 (113 away fans)

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Chelsea U21 (H): Ticket Information

Secure your seat for Checkatrade Trophy tie

28 December 2017

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Tickets for Pompey’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Chelsea U21s will go on general sale from 10am tomorrow (December 29).

Fratton Park will host the last 16 contest on Tuesday, January 9 (7.45pm kick-off).

The quickest and easiest way to secure your seat is by using our eticketing service.

But supporters can also call 0345 646 1898 or pay a visit to the Frogmore Road ticket office (open from 10am to 5pm between Monday and Friday).

Please note that only the North Stand Lower and wheelchair section will be open for this fixture, while seating is unreserved.

Category Price
Adult £10
Senior (63+) £5
Young Person (18-22) £5
Ambulant* £5
Wheelchair* £5
Junior (U18) £1

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

*Includes a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

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