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Match Preview: Tottenham v Pompey

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

6 January 2023

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Tottenham Hotspur v Pompey

Pompey take a break from their league campaign when they head to Tottenham Hotspur for a glamour tie in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).

If you discount an EFL Trophy victory over the Londoners’ under-21 side in 2018, it is the first meeting between the clubs since a magical day at Wembley in April 2010.

Little was expected of the financially-ravaged Blues when they lined up against Spurs for a place in the final – indeed, their Premier League relegation had been confirmed the previous day.

But extra-time strikes from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng secured a famous triumph against Harry Redknapp’s expensively-assembled outfit.

Of course, it would be considered an even greater upset if the visitors progressed at the impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

Pompey sit 12th in League One and are under the temporary charge of Simon Bassey following the departure of Danny and Nicky Cowley on Monday night.

Their top-flight opponents by contrast, enjoyed a thumping midweek success at Crystal Palace and have a Champions League clash with AC Milan to look forward to next month.

Were the Blues able to take the lead, fans might want to wait before celebrating, as VAR will be used to settle any controversial decisions.

Should the tie finish all square after 90 minutes, a replay will be held at Fratton Park.

Louis Thompson is likely to be named on the bench after recovering from a broken leg, while Kieron Freeman could be available following a calf problem.

Marlon Pack begins a two-match suspension and Dane Scarlett cannot feature against his parent club.

Tom Lowery (hamstring), Joe Rafferty (stomach), Jayden Reid (knee) and skipper Clark Robertson (hip) are all still injured.

Tottenham are likely to be without Rodrigo Bentancur (thigh), Lucas Moura (knee), and Richarlison (thigh), while Dejan Kulusevski is also a doubt with a muscular problem.

Read the thoughts of Simon Bassey and Joe Morrell ahead of the game.

Pompey: 13 wins
Tottenham: 19 wins
15 draws

On the road
Pompey: 3 wins
Tottenham: 11 wins
8 draws

Referee: Thomas Bramall
Assistants: Derek Eaton and Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson
Video Assistant Referee: Graham Scott
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Darren Cann

Pompey have sold their full allocation of just under 9,000 tickets, so please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.

Click here to read a guide for visiting supporters that has been produced by the home club, including information on the stadium’s bag policy.

Supporters in the UK can watch the match live via the BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

It will be shown on ESPN+ in the USA and overseas fans can click here for a list of The FA’s global broadcast partners.

All iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 12pm.

Please note that the game will not be shown live on iFollow, either in the UK or for supporters who are based abroad.

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 have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

Tottenham are the 1/16 favourites with VBET to progress on Saturday, while Pompey can be backed at 16/1.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Manchester United v Everton (8pm)

Crystal Palace v Southampton (12.30pm)
Forest Green v Birmingham (12.30pm)
Gillingham v Leicester (12.30pm)
Preston v Huddersfield (12.30pm)
Reading v Watford (12.30pm)
Blackpool v Nottingham Forest
Boreham Wood v Accrington
Bournemouth v Burnley
Chesterfield v West Brom
Fleetwood v QPR
Hull v Fulham
Ipswich v Rotherham
Middlesbrough v Brighton
Millwall v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury v Sunderland
Brentford v West Ham (5.30pm)
Coventry v Wrexham (5.30pm)
Grimsby v Burton (5.30pm)
Luton v Wigan (5.30pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle (6pm)
Liverpool v Wolves (8pm)

Bristol City v Swansea (12.30pm)
Derby v Barnsley (5.30pm)
Cardiff v Leeds (2pm)
Hartlepool v Stoke (2pm)
Norwich v Blackburn (2pm)
Stockport v Walsall (2pm)
Aston Villa v Stevenage (4.30pm)
Manchester City v Chelsea (4.30pm)

Oxford v Arsenal (8pm)


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Match Reports

Tottenham 1 Pompey 0

Blues exit FA Cup with narrow third round defeat

7 January 2023

Pompey in action at Tottenham Hotspur in Emirates FA Cup
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup adventure came to an end with a narrow third round defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

But it took a moment of quality from England skipper Harry Kane early in the second half to secure the Premier League side’s progress.

The Blues had earlier threatened to cause an upset, with Reeco Hackett’s fine effort well saved by Fraser Forster.

Interim head coach Simon Bassey made four changes from the side beaten by Charlton in the league on New Year’s Day.

Leading marksman Colby Bishop returned to the starting line-up, while there were also spaces for Hackett, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Denver Hume.

Joe Pigott and Ronan Curtis both dropped to the bench, with Marlon Pack suspended and Dane Scarlett unable to feature against his parent club.

There was a welcome sight on the bench, as Louis Thompson took his place after recovering from the broken leg suffered back in August.

It was not clear that there were two divisions separating the teams when the action began, as Pompey more than held their own.

They made their intentions clear with a dangerous earlier delivery from Connor Ogilvie that had to be headed behind by Kane.

And the visitors almost took the lead on 12 minutes, when Bishop nodded the ball down for Hackett in the box.

He hit an acrobatic effort that was heading for the bottom corner, but Forster got down to his right to make the save.

There was little happening at the other end of the pitch, despite Tottenham winning a host of corners.

They were all taken by Heung-Min Son and each of them were dealt with by either Josh Griffiths or one of his defenders.

Spurs did have an opportunity late in the half when Joe Morrell was penalised for a foul on Son 25 yards out.

The free-kick from Kane flew straight into the wall, but the loose ball was sent into the box by Ryan Sessegnon and headed over by Davinson Sanchez.

Half Time: Tottenham 0 Pompey 0

The home side unsurprisingly emerged stronger after the interval and came close to breaking the deadlock on 49 minutes.

Emerson Royal got on the end of Son’s cross and his header bounced back off the inside of the post, narrowly avoiding hitting Sean Raggett before being gratefully gathered by Griffiths.

It was only the briefest of reprieves for the Blues, however, as they did fall behind just a few moments later.

Kane swapped passes with Sessegnon on the edge of the box and hit a fierce strike that left Griffiths with no chance.

Pompey looked for a route back into the contest, but were struggling to make any inroads in the final third.

And they might have fallen further behind on 68 minutes, with Oliver Skipp firing over from close-range after being teed-up by Bryan Gil.

The Blues then embarked on a neat passing move up the pitch, but it ended with Owen Dale seeing his shot blocked.

Bassey made a double switch on 75 minutes and there was a particularly loud welcome for Thompson, who came on alongside Josh Koroma for Tunnicliffe and Hackett.

The midfielder immediately made his presence felt with a meaty challenge on Gil that earned a yellow card.

More Pompey changes followed late on, as Pigott and Michael Jacobs replaced Bishop and Morrell, while Dale then made way for Curtis.

And although they were unable to find a late leveller to secure a replay, the Blues could be proud of their efforts.

Tottenham (3-4-2-1): Forster; Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies; Royal, Sarr, Skipp, Sessegnon (Spence 77); Gil (Devine 90+2), Son; Kane (c)
Goals: Kane 50
Booked: Sanchez
Subs not used: Lloris, Doherty, Romero, Lenglet, Højbjerg, White, Mundle

Pompey (3-5-2): Griffiths; Morrison, Raggett (c), Ogilvie; Swanson, Tunnicliffe (Thompson 75), Morrell (Jacobs 85), Hackett (Koroma 75), Hume; Bishop (Pigott 85), Dale (Curtis 87)
Booked: Thompson
Subs not used: Oluwayemi, Freeman, Dockerill, Payce

Referee: Thomas Bramall

Attendance: 60,161 (8,880 Pompey fans)

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