Blues to start in first round in September
Pompey are not one of the eight southern sides to receive a bye through to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
It means the Blues will be in action when the first round gets underway in the week beginning September 2.
The draw will be made live on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM show at approximately 10.30am on Saturday, August 17.
Pompey will face either Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United or Wycombe Wanderers in the south-west section of the draw.
The south-west and south-east sections merge from the area quarter-finals onwards, with the northern and southern champions facing off in March’s Wembley final.
Pompey beat Bournemouth in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the first round last season, but lost to Wycombe in the next stage.
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy draw dates
Round 1: W/C September 2 (Draw: Saturday, August 17)
Round 2: W/C October 7 (Draw: Saturday, September 7)
Area Quarter-Final: W/C November 11 (Draw: Saturday, October 12)
Area Semi-Final: W/C December 9 (Draw: Saturday, November 16)
Area Final (First Leg): W/C February 3* (Draw following semi-finals)
Area Final (Second Leg): W/C February 17*
Final: Sunday, March 30
*Date may vary due to live Sky selections
Southern Section – West
Southern Section – East
Dagenham & Redbridge
Milton Keynes Dons
Northern Section – West
Northern Section – East
Southern Section – First Round Byes
Northern Section – First Round Byes
Preston North End