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5 November 2015

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup clash

Pompey will be looking to win their first FA Cup match in more than five years when they host Macclesfield in Saturday’s first round tie.

The 2008 winners have not triumphed since shocking Tottenham at Wembley in the 2010 semi-finals.

Since then, they have been beaten by Chelsea, Brighton, Chelsea again, Notts County, Stevenage and Aldershot.

Macclesfield, meanwhile, reached this stage of the competition with a 3-2 victory at home to Alfreton in the fourth qualifying round.

John Askey’s side compete in the National League and currently sit 13th following last week’s defeat at Braintree.

The Silkmen were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2011/12 campaign and have since had finishes of 11th, 15th and 6th.

Top scorer Kristian Dennis – who is on loan from Stockport – has netted 12 goals in 18 games, including a brace in the last round.

Pompey or Macclesfield will be ball number 21 in the second round draw, which will be screened live on BBC2 from 7pm on Monday.

Paul Jones (knee), Gary Roberts (ankle), Jayden Stockley (ankle) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all sidelined.

On-loan Caolan Lavery is not eligible to feature, but Ipswich have given permission for Matt Clarke to take part.

Neill Byrne and Theo Bailey-Jones are both on the visitors’ injury list, but Chris Holroyd and Paul Lewis have both returned to fitness.

Pompey and Macclesfield will meet for the first time this weekend.

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park from 2pm.

We’ll also have match updates on Twitter and the Pompey Wall.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

Tickets can be bought from the Frogmore Road ticket office until 5pm on Friday or online here.

On Saturday, they can be bought at the booths behind the Fratton End from 11am.

Pompey are 4/11 favourites with Sky Bet to progress to the next round, while the visitors can be backed at 15/2.

Click here to read our betting preview and remember to register at to earn money for the club whenever you have a flutter.

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