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Match Preview: Pompey v Harrow Borough

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

5 November 2021

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Pompey v Harrow Borough

The Blues can put their quest for points to one side for a week, as they try to secure a place in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Danny Cowley’s side will want to avoid becoming victims of a giant-killing when they host non-league Harrow on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The visitors compete in the Southern Football League Premier Division South – the seventh tier of English football.

That is the same level as Pompey’s neighbours Gosport, a side they beat 1-0 last week as part of a six-match winning run.

The last outing for Steve Baker’s men saw them narrowly win at South Park to reach the first round proper of the FA Trophy.

In the cup, Borough have already seen off Ramsgate, Welling, Marlow and Chelmsford to set up their trip to the south coast.

That latter success ensured that the club would be competing at this stage of the competition for just the fifth time in their history.

The Blues, of course, have plenty of FA Cup pedigree, having lifted the famous silverware in 1939 and 2008.

Under Kenny Jackett’s charge, they reached the third round last term, seeing off Ipswich and King’s Lynn before a narrow defeat at Bristol City.

Ahead if Armistice Day, a minute's silence will take place ahead of kick-off to pay tribute to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Ryan Tunnicliffe is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury during last weekend’s win over Bolton.

Skipper Clark Robertson (hip) is still out of action, along with Ellis Harrison (ankle) and Jayden Reid (knee).

Paul Downing (hamstring) and Liam Vincent (shin) are not in contention after only recently returning to training.

Midfielder Kunle Otudeko looked to be a doubt for the hosts after limping from the field last week, but has since been declared fit enough to feature.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Gavin Bazunu or watch the video below.

There have been no previous competitive meetings between the sides.

Pompey won 3-2 in a pre-season friendly in August 1987, though, courtesy of goals from Eamonn Collins, Paul Birch and Ian Baird.

Pompey fans can secure a seat online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

On the day of the game, they can also be purchased from the ticket booth behind the Fratton End.

All parking must be pre-booked here, with spaces currently on sale for the games on Saturday and Tuesday.

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.

Referee: Scott Tallis
Assistants: Stuart Butler and Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Michael Ryan

The match is being broadcast live overseas. Click here for a list of television channels that show FA Cup matches.

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 2.45pm on Saturday.

Please note that the game will not be shown live on iFollow, either in the UK or for supporters who are based abroad.

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.

The draw for the second round of the FA Cup will be shown live on ITV4 following the conclusion of the Dagenham & Redbridge v Salford tie. Click here to see all the ball numbers.

Pompey are the 2/11 favourites with VBET to reach the second round, while the visitors can be backed at 13/1.

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

Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated

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Boreham Wood v Eaatleigh
Bradford v Exeter
Carlisle v Horsham
Charlton v Havant & Waterlooville
Chesterfield v Southend
Crawley v Tranmere
Crewe v Swindon
Halifax v Maidenhead
Fleetwood v Burton
Gateshead v Altrincham
Harrogate v Wrexham
Hartlepool v Wycombe
Hayes & Yeading v Sutton
Ipswich v Oldham
Kidderminster v Grimsby
King’s Lynn v Walsall
Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet
Lincoln v Bowers & Pitsea
MK Dons v Stevenage
Morecambe v Newport
Northampton v Cambridge
Port Vale v Accrington
Rotherham v Bromley
Sunderland v Mansfield
Wigan v Solihull Moors
Yate v Yeovil
York v Buxton
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Oxford v Bristol Rovers (1pm)
Bolton v Stockport
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Stratford v Shrewsbury
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