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Match Preview: Pompey v West Ham U21

All you need to know about Papa John's Trophy test

10 November 2020

Pompey v West Ham U21

Pompey and West Ham U21s have already made sure of their place in the last 32 of the Papa John’s Trophy.

But top spot in Southern Group A is still up for grabs when the teams meet at Fratton Park this evening (7pm kick-off).

Whoever secures victory – or a penalty shoot-out bonus point – will enjoy home advantage in the next stage of the competition.

Both sides have already seen off Colchester and Essex, with the two Essex outfits also facing off tonight to avoid the wooden spoon.

Kenny Jackett’s men are, of course, the trophy holders, having beaten Sunderland on penalties on a dramatic day at Wembley in March 2019.

They also made the final of last season’s competition and are still waiting to discover a new date for that postponed clash with Salford.

Their next opponents did not make it out of their group in 2019/20, with Dmitri Halajko’s youngsters bowing out on goal difference.

The two clubs have never previously met in the EFL Trophy and last clashed in the Championship, with the Hammers narrowly winning both encounters during the 2011/12 campaign.

Pompey are set to field a young side, with third year scholars Harry Kavanagh, Alfie Stanley and Eoin Teggart among those who could feature.

Jordy Hiwula could also make his full debut, having signed a short-term deal at Fratton Park last month.

The Blues are without the injured quartet of Lee Brown (hamstring), Andy Cannon (groin), Michael Jacobs (knee) and Jack Whatmough (hamstring).

Competition rules state that the visitors must field a side containing at least six players aged 21 or under.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the game.

Pompey: 14 wins
West Ham: 15 wins
6 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 9 wins
West Ham: 7 wins
3 draws

*Games against West Ham's first team

Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: Adam Ricketts and Gareth Viccars
Fourth Official: Richard Morris

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Fixture News

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9 November 2020

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Pompey are the 4/9 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 9/2.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for this evening’s game. Please gamble responsibly.

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