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Match Preview: Pompey v Harrogate Town

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

3 December 2021

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Pompey v Harrogate Town

The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United lie tantalisingly in wait for the winners of Emirates FA Cup second round ties.

But before dreaming of a mouth-watering clash with Premier League opponents, there is a job to do this weekend.

Harrogate Town – who sit seventh in League Two – are the visitors to Fratton Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It has been some rise for Simon Weaver’s side, who were competing in the sixth tier as recently as 2018.

But two promotions in the space of three seasons saw them reach the EFL for the very first time – and they certainly do not look out of place there.

They drew 1-1 at Swindon in their last outing, are still in the Papa John’s Trophy and reached this stage of the FA Cup by beating Wrexham last month.

There has only been one previous meeting between Pompey and Harrogate – and that took place in round one of the same competition two years ago.

The Yorkshire contest was delayed by almost an hour because of a power cut and when it did get started, the Blues fell behind before goals from Brandon Haunstrup and Ronan Curtis eventually secured progress.

TEAM NEWS
Sean Raggett is available again after serving a one-match ban, while Lee Brown and John Marquis have returned to full training after a spell on the sidelines.

Skipper Clark Robertson (hip) is joined by Paul Downing (calf), Jayden Reid (knee) and Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring) in the treatment room.

The visitors will be without the defensive trio of Ryan Fallowfield (groin), Rory McArdle (groin) and Will Smith (hernia), as well as striker Aaron Martin (knee).

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Ronan Curtis ahead of the game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 1 win
Harrogate: 0 wins
0 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 0 wins
Harrogate: 0 wins
0 draw

TICKETS
Pompey fans can secure a seat for the second round contest online here.

On the day of the game – when prices increase – they can also be purchased from the Anson Road ticket office or the booth behind the Fratton End.

Fratton Park is now a cashless stadium, with contactless payments will be required in all food kiosks and hospitality areas, as well as for the purchase of tickets.

Portsmouth Football Club respectfully ask all supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct to ensure an enjoyable and safe matchday experience for all.

The Victory Bar will be open for home fans from 12pm on Saturday.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Simon Mather
Assistants: Justin Amey and Andy Bennett
Fourth Official: Steven Hughes

MATCH COVERAGE
The match is not being screened live in the UK or overseas and cannot be watched on iFollow.

However, all iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2pm on Saturday.

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.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either BBC Radio Solent or Express FM.

BETTING
Pompey are the 52/100 favourites with VBET to reach the second round, while the visitors can be backed at 5/1.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday’s game. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN EMIRATES FA CUP
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

Friday
Gateshead v Charlton (7.45pm)
Rotherham v Stockport (7.45pm)

Saturday
Buxton v Morecambe (12.45pm)
AFC Wimbledon v Cheltenham
Bristol Rovers v Sutton
Burton v Port Vale
Cambridge v Exeter
Carlisle v Shrewsbury
Doncaster v Mansfield
Ipswich v Barrow
Leyton Orient v Tranmere
Lincoln v Hartlepool
Walsall v Swindon
Yeovil v Stevenage (5.30pm)

Sunday
Rochdale v Plymouth (12.15pm)
Colchester v Wigan (12.30pm)
Kidderminster v Halifax (4pm)
Salford v Chesterfield (5.15pm)

Monday
Boreham Wood v St Albans (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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