Pompey will look to progress in a second cup competition in the space of a few days when they visit Walsall this evening.
Having seen off Fleetwood in the FA Cup at the weekend, they now continue their defence of the Leasing.com Trophy with a third round tie at the Bescot Stadium.
Kenny Jackett’s holders beat Northampton on home soil in the opening knockout round, while their opponents came from two goals down to defeat Chelsea’s youngsters.
The Saddlers have never won this competition – in any of its guises – but did reach the final back in 2015.
Darrell Clarke is currently in charge at the Bescot Stadium, having taken charge following the club’s relegation to League Two at the end of last season.
They had a tough start to the campaign, but have found more consistency in the past couple of months.
Walsall are currently sitting in 11th position, although are still eight points adrift of the play-off spots.
Pompey won 3-2 when the sides met in the midlands for a league contest last March, with goals from Brett Pitman, Omar Bogle and Viv Solomon-Otabor.
Pompey could hand a debut to forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild following his recent arrival from Bromley.
Lee Brown (Achilles), Ross McCrorie (hamstring) and Ryan Williams (groin) are all still absent for the Blues.
Brandon Haunstrup has returned to training following an operation on his meniscus, but tonight’s game comes too soon for the left-back.
Bryn Morris (groin) is still in the treatment room, while Jack Whatmough is not yet ready for selection following his knee problem.
Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has said that some of his squad are ‘running on empty’ following the hectic festive programme.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 13 wins
Walsall: 7 wins
Pompey: 5 wins
Walsall: 4 wins
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Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistants: Paul Graham and Richard Morris
Fourth Official: James Bell
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