All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash
Pompey start their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a group stage fixture at Yeovil tonight (7.45pm kick-off).
Paul Cook’s men also have home fixtures against a Reading under-23 side and Bristol Rovers to come.
The new format of the competition means that a penalty shoot-out will take place in the event of a draw, with the winners earning a bonus point.
The sides who finish in the top two of each of the 16 groups will then progress to the knockout stages.
Pompey faced Yeovil in the tournament’s previous guise two seasons ago, when Jed Wallace’s brace and a Craig Westcarr stunner sealed a 3-1 victory.
That is one of five previous competitive meetings between the teams, with the first taking place as recently as 2012.
Both of last season’s clashes finished all square, with a goalless draw at Fratton Park followed by a 1-1 stalemate in Somerset.
The Glovers won their first two matches of the season – including an EFL Cup triumph at Walsall – but since then they have drawn once and lost on four occasions.
Adam Buxton (ankle), Brandon Haunstrup (collarbone) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all out for Pompey.
But Matt Clarke has recovered from a groin problem, while Liam O’Brien is set to be handed a debut between the sticks.
Yeovil will be without Ryan Hedges, who is away on international duty, and have Ryan Dickson (ankle), Josh Ezewele (knee), Alex Lacey (arm), Darren Ward (knee) and Francois Zoko (hip) on the sidelines.
Read what Paul Cook
and Liam O’Brien have to say about the game or watch pre-match video content on Pompey PlayerHD.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 2 Wins
Yeovil: 1 Win
At Huish Park
Pompey: 2 Wins
Yeovil: 0 Wins
Tickets can be bought at Huish Park tonight – click here for prices.
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live commentary from Huish Park from 7pm this evening.
There will be post-match reaction on the website, Pompey PlayerHD and our official YouTube channel
, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.
Pompey are 21/20
favourites with Sky Bet to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 12/5
ALSO IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Bolton v Everton U23 (7pm)
Bury v Morecambe (7pm)
Gillingham v Luton (7.30pm)
Peterborough v Norwich U23 (7.30pm)
Accrington v Crewe
AFC Wimbledon v Swansea U23
Blackpool v Cheltenham
Bradford v Stoke U23
Bristol Rovers v Reading U23
Charlton v Southampton U23
Chesterfield v Wolves U23
Coventry v West Ham U23
Crawley v Colchester
Fleetwood v Blackburn U23
Leyton Orient v Stevenage
Mansfield v Doncaster
Millwall v West Brom U23
MK Dons v Barnet
Northampton v Wycombe
Oldham v Carlisle
Oxford v Exeter
Plymouth v Newport
Port Vale v Derby U23
Scunthorpe v Middlesbrough U23
Sheffield United v Leicester U23
Shrewsbury v Cambridge
Southend v Brighton U23
Walsall v Grimsby