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Match Preview: Pompey v Tottenham U21

All you need to know about Checkatrade Trophy clash

13 November 2018

Pompey v Tottenham Hotspur U21

Pompey have already qualified for the Checkatrade Trophy knockout stages ahead of tonight’s final group game against Tottenham U21s.

But Kenny Jackett’s side will still be keen to secure first position and guarantee a home tie in the last 32.

They need to avoid defeat to do that, with a draw enough for the Blues – no matter the result of the bonus point penalty shoot-out.

Their opponents, meanwhile, will almost certainly progress by collecting a single point, such is their superior goal difference over third-placed Crawley.

But even a defeat might be enough, depending on the outcome of the Sussex side’s clash with already-eliminated Gillingham.

The Spurs youngsters are managed by former Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett, who had a spell scouting for Pompey when Paul Cook was in charge.

They currently sit ninth in the top tier of Premiere League 2 and beat Gillingham 4-0 in their last Checkatrade Trophy outing.

Blues fans will have extremely fond memories of the most recent time their club faced Tottenham back in 2010.

Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng both found the net in extra-time at Wembley to stun the Londoners in an FA Cup semi-final.

TEAM NEWS
Kenny Jackett is expected to make multiple changes and has already confirmed that a fit-again Andre Green will start.

But Brett Pitman misses out with a minor knee problem, while Dion Donohue (hamstring) and Joe Mason (groin) are still sidelined.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and David Wheeler or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

SOUTHERN GROUP A TABLE

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
POMPEY 2 2 0 0 5 6
Tottenham U21 2 1 1 0 4 4
Crawley 2 0 1 1 -1 2
Gillingham 2 0 0 2 -8 0

HEAD TO HEAD*

Overall
Pompey: 13 wins
Tottenham: 19 wins
15 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
Tottenham: 8 wins
7 draws

*Matches against Tottenham’s first team

TICKETS
Seats are still available and can be bought online here or from the Anson Road ticket office. Please note that only the Fratton Endn and ‘A’ Section of the South Stand Upper are open for this fixture.

Fans buying tickets this evening can visit the ticket offices in Anson Road or Frogmore Road, while there will be cash sales from the booth next to the North Stand car park or the cobbles underneath the South Stand.

Supporters are advised to arrive early if buying tickets this evening to avoid long queues and ensure they do not miss the club’s Remembrance commemorations, which are due to begin at 7.30pm.

Ticket collections can be made from main reception from 5.30pm, while turnstiles will open at 6.30pm.

Fans are advised that the Victory Bar will not be open this evening, as it is being used for blood donations.

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm.

Please note that subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

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 by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 5/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 13/5.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated

Southern Section
Cambridge v Colchester (7pm)
Charlton v Swansea U21
Cheltenham v Coventry
Exeter v Bristol Rovers
Gillingham v Crawley
MK Dons v Brighton U21
Newport v Plymouth
Peterborough v Luton

Northern Section
Walsall v Port Vale (7pm)
Barnsley v Bradford (7.30pm)
Crewe v Shrewsbury (7.30pm)
Blackpool v Accrington
Bury v Fleetwood
Carlisle v Stoke U21
Grimsby v Newcastle U21
Macclesfield v West Brom U21
Mansfield v Scunthorpe
Morecambe v Sunderland

LAST CHECKATRADE TROPHY GAME


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