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Match Preview: Luton v Pompey

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup clash

3 November 2017

Luton Town v Pompey

Pompey take a break from league action when they travel to Luton in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

It will be the first time the sides have met in this competition since the Hatters triumphed in a quarter-final clash in 1988.

The Blues have yet to triumph over their opponents in the FA Cup, also crashing out in 1922 – following a replay – and 1951.

Both fell at the first hurdle last term, with Luton losing at Exter, while Pompey were beaten at home by Wycombe.

Nathan Jones’ hosts were top of League Two going into last weekend’s fixture against Coventry at Kenilworth Road.

But a 3-0 loss ended a run of nine matches without defeat and saw them drop down to third spot, behind Notts County and Accrington.

Pompey won both of last season’s contests, as an impressive 3-1 triumph in Bedfordshire was followed by a 1-0 victory on the south coast.

It is progress rather than points up for grabs on Saturday, however, as Kenny Jackett’s side try to get past an FA Cup bogey side.

TEAM NEWS
Adam May and Curtis Main have both returned to training, although Saturday’s game will likely come too soon for the latter.

Oliver Hawkins (ankle) is a doubt, while Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are both still sidelined.

Glen Rea is suspended for the hosts, who will also be without Alan McCormack (groin) and Johnny Mullins (ankle).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Christian Burgess have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 16 wins
Luton: 21 wins
13 draws

At Kenilworth Road
Pompey: 4 wins
Luton: 17 wins
5 draws

TICKETS
Fans can secure tickets by ringing Luton directly on 01582 416976 between 9am and 12pm on Saturday.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Please note that overseas subscribers will not be able to watch this match live due to FA Cup broadcasting restrictions.

However, the game has been selected for live overseas television coverage, so fans should check local listings to see if it is being shown in their region.

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

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

ALSO IN EMIRATES FA CUP
Friday
Notts County v Bristol Rovers (7.45pm)
Port Vale v Oxford United (7.45pm)
Hyde v MK Dons (7.55pm)

Saturday
Shaw Lane v Mansfield (12.30pm)
AFC Fylde v Kidderminster
AFC Wimbledon v Lincoln
Blackburn v Barnet
Boreham Wood v Blackpool
Bradford v Chesterfield
Carlisle v Oldham
Cheltenham v Maidstone
Colchester v Oxford City
Crewe v Rotherham
Ebbsfleet v Doncaster
Forest Green v Macclesfield
Gainsborough v Slough
Gateshead v Chelmsford
Gillingham v Leyton Orient
Hereford v AFC Telford
Morecambe v Hartlepool
Northampton v Scunthorpe
Peterborough v Tranmere
Plymouth v Grimsby
Rochdale v Bromley
Shrewsbury v Aldershot
Stevenage v Nantwich
Wigan v Crawley
Yeovil v Southend
Newport v Walsall (5.15pm)

Sunday (all 2pm)
Cambridge v Sutton
Charlton v Truro
Coventry v Maidenhead
Dartford v Swindon
Exeter v Heybridge
Guiseley v Accrington
Leatherhead v Billericay
Solihull v Wycombe
Woking v Bury

Monday
Chorley v Fleetwood (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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