Pompey have enjoyed a bright start to the League One campaign, but that takes a back seat this evening.
Danny Cowley’s side make the short trip across to Sussex to face Crawley in their opening group match in the Papa John’s Trophy (7.45pm kick-off).
And if you have a feeling of déjà vu, that is perhaps understandable – this will be the fourth time the sides have met in the competition in the space of just six years.
The Blues have won all three of those previous meetings, including a 1-0 success at Broadfield Stadium en route to winning the silverware in the 2018/19 campaign.
Crawley have been making headlines off the pitch after being taken over by cryptocurrency investors WAGMI United at the end of last term.
They appointed Arsenal U23s coach Kevin Betsy as manager over the summer, but it has been a difficult start to the League Two season.
The Red Devils are still searching for their first win, having taken two points from their opening six matches, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw with bottom side Rochdale.
But they have enjoyed success in the Carabao Cup, stunning top-flight Fulham last week to book a place in round three.
In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, both sides will collect a point. A penalty shoot-out will then be held, with the winners earning a bonus point.
Danny Cowley is likely to ring the changes and has already revealed that some academy players will be involved in the squad.
It is too early for Jayden Reid to be considered after returning from a hamstring injury, while Louis Thompson (leg) is sidelined.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 7 wins
Crawley: 1 win
On the road
Pompey: 3 wins
Crawley: 0 wins
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Referee: Sam Allison
Assistants: Graham Kane and Adrian Waters
Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.
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Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated
AFC Wimbledon v Aston Villa U21
Bolton v Crewe
Burton v Leicester U21
Cambridge v Arsenal U21
Derby v Grimsby
Doncaster v Newcastle U21
Exeter v Newport
Fleetwood v Barrow
Forest Green v Southampton U21
Hartlepool v Harrogate
MK Dons v Cheltenham
Mansfield v Manchester City U21
Morecambe v Everton U21
Plymouth v Bristol Rovers
Shrewsbury v Wolves U21
Swindon v Crystal Palace U21
Walsall v West Ham U21
Wycombe v Tottenham U21
Bradford v Sheffield Wednesday (7.30pm)
Carlisle v Manchester United U21 (7.30pm)
Peterborough v Stevenage (7.30pm)
Port Vale v Stockport (7.30pm)
Salford v Liverpool U21 (7.30pm)
Accrington v Rochdale (7.45pm)
Barnsley v Lincoln (7.45pm)
Ipswich v Northampton (7.45pm)
Oxford v Leyton Orient (7.45pm)
Charlton v Gillingham
Sutton v Chelsea U21 (7.45pm)
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