The sight of Brett Pitman lifting the EFL Trophy aloft will still be fresh in the minds of the 40,000-plus Pompey fans at Wembley back in March.
And now it all begins again, with Crawley visiting Fratton Park for the first fixture in Southern Group B.
It is the third year in a row that the sides have met in this stage of the competition – and the Blues won both of the previous meetings.
A 3-1 victory in Hampshire in October 2017 was followed by last season’s 1-0 success in West Sussex, courtesy of Dion Donohue’s strike.
There have been only eight competitive meetings between the clubs since their first clash in 2012, with Pompey coming out on top on six occasions.
Crawley currently sit eighth in the embryonic League Two table, as they seek a return to the third tier for the first time since 2015.
They also saw off top-flight Norwich in the Carabao Cup last week to set up a third round clash with Stoke.
Fans are remined that a penalty shoot-out will be held in the event of today’s game finishing all square, with the winners earning a bonus point.
Kenny Jackett is likely to make a number of changes tonight, but has still promised to field a strong side.
Oli Hawkins and Ryan Williams are unlikely to feature after recently returning to full training, while Marcus Harness (thigh), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are injured.
Ronan Curtis (Republic of Ireland), Craig MacGillivray (Scotland) and Ross McCrorie (Scotland U21) are away on international duty.
Defender Joe McNerney (back) is currently sidelined for the visitors, who otherwise have a clean bill of health.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 6 wins
Crawley: 1 win
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
Crawley: 1 win
Pompey fans can secure their seat online here or from the Anson Road ticket office. From 5.30pm this evening, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road.
Please note that only the Fratton End and South Stand Upper are being used this evening.
The Warrior Bar (far end of the Victory Bar) will be open for supporters to use from 5.30pm.
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Graham Kane and Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Lee Collins
Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
Please note that in-stadium betting is no longer available at Fratton Park.
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