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Match Preview: Cardiff v Pompey

All you need to know about Carabao Cup clash

8 August 2017

Pompey put their league hopes to one side this evening, as clubs up and down the country start out on the road to Wembley.

Kenny Jackett’s side travel to South Wales to face Cardiff from the Championship in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

It was certainly a memorable occasion for the Blues the last time that the two teams met in cup competition.

May 17 2008 is a day that will live long in the memory for fans, as Kanu’s goal at Wembley ensured that Pompey lifted the FA Cup.

Back then it was Welsh outfit who were the lower tier side, but the roles are reversed at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Blues have played there twice since City moved from their old Ninian Park home and lost both of those Championship encounters.

They did win when the sides last faced off in the League Cup, however, courtesy of a Yakubu brace in November 2004.

Both teams exited in the first round 12 months ago, but tonight one will progress to the next stage – and who knows where that could lead?

TEAM NEWS
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis and Milan Lalkovic have both picked up injuries in recent days to join Matt Clarke and Nathan Thompson on the sidelines.

Pompey will also be without Jamal Lowe, who starts a three-match ban following his red card against Rochdale.

Cardiff are expected to make multiple changes to the side that won at Burton on Saturday, while Kadeem Harris and Rhys Healey are both suffering from long-term injuries.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Brandon Haunstrup have to say about the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 23 Wins
Cardiff: 21 Wins
15 Draws

In Cardiff
Pompey: 10 Wins
Cardiff: 13 Wins
7 Draws

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic and overseas iFollow subscribers can listen to live coverage of tonight’s tie by visiting the match centre.

Please note that there is no live video of the game for overseas subscribers, as that feature is only available for league fixtures.

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We will also have match updates on Twitter and the website match centre.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent, while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Cardiff are 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to win the game after 90 minutes, while the Blues can be backed at 7/2.

Click here to read our full betting preview and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions.

ALSO IN CARABAO CUP
Accrington v Preston
AFC Wimbledon v Brentford
Barnsley v Morecambe
Birmingham v Crawley
Bradford v Doncaster
Bristol City v Plymouth
Bristol Rovers v Cambridge
Coventry v Blackburn
Exeter v Charlton
Fleetwood v Carlisle
Forest Green v MK Dons
Grimsby v Derby
Luton v Ipswich
Mansfield v Rochdale
Millwall v Stevenage
Norwich v Swindon
Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury
Oxford v Cheltenham
Peterborough v Barnet
QPR v Northampton
Rotherham v Lincoln
Scunthorpe v Notts County
Sheffield Wednesday v Chesterfield
Southend v Newport
Wigan v Blackpool
Wolves v Yeovil
Wycombe v Fulham
Reading v Gillingham (8pm)

Tomorrow
Colchester v Aston Villa
Crewe v Bolton
Leeds v Port Vale
Oldham v Burton
Sheffield United v Walsall

Thursday
Bury v Sunderland

LAST SEASON IN THE EFL CUP


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