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8 January 2016

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup tie

Pompey fans will have fond memories of their last FA Cup trip to Portman Road.

Ipswich was the destination for a 1-0 third round triumph – with David Nugent scoring the winning goal – back in 2008.

And the Blues went on to beat Plymouth, Preston, Manchester United, West Brom and Cardiff to lift the trophy at Wembley.

The sides also met in Suffolk at the same stage two years earlier, although it was Dario Silva who grabbed the only goal on that occasion.

Pompey are competing in the third round for the first time since 2012 and have already seen off Macclesfield and Accrington to get this far.

Ipswich, meanwhile, are making their bow in this season’s competition and currently sit sixth in the Championship table.

Mick McCarthy's men are enjoying a good run in the league, having lost just one of their last six matches.

Michael Doyle will be rested having played on with a knee injury for the past few matches.

Matt Clarke is ineligible to feature against his parent club, while fellow loanee Caolan Lavery also cannot take part.

Christian Burgess (ankle) and Paul Jones (knee surgery) are both out, but Matt Tubbs is back in contention following an ankle problem.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has taken the unusual step of already announcing his starting 11.

He revealed that former Pompey forward Luke Varney will make his first start since last May.

Read what Paul Cook and Adam Webster had to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD to watch a host of interviews.

Pompey: 11 Wins
Ipswich: 19 Wins
11 Draws

At Portman Road
Pompey: 8 Wins
Ipswich: 9 Wins
4 Draws

Last Meeting
Pompey 0
Ipswich 1 (Chopra)
February 14 2012

Last FA Cup Meeting
Ipswich 0
Pompey 1 (Nugent)
Third Round
January 5 2008

Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Portman Road from 2pm on Saturday.

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, while The News will also have extensive coverage.

Pompey have sold their entire allocation of 2,500 tickets and no more will be made available.

Ipswich are 17/20 favourites with Sky Bet to progress to the fourth round, while the Blues can be backed at 3/1.

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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