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Match Preview: Ipswich v Pompey

All you need to know about Papa John’s Trophy contest

22 November 2022

Ipswich Town v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Ipswich v Pompey

All you need to know about Papa John’s Trophy contest

22 November 2022

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The focus of football fans around the globe is currently on events in Qatar, as 32 nations battle it out to lift the World Cup.

It is not quite so glamorous for Pompey this evening, however, as their attention is on trying to reach the third round of the Papa Johns Trophy by beating Ipswich at Portman Road (7.45pm kick-off).

Danny Cowley’s side finished as runners-up in Southern Group B to progress to this stage of the competition.

Their opponents, meanwhile, topped their own group to ensure they would be guaranteed a home tie.

Kieran McKenna’s side thrashed Northampton 6-0 and also beat Arsenal’s youngsters before being narrowly beaten at Cambridge.

The Tractor Boys are currently flying high in League One and Saturday’s televised win at Exeter means they now sit just two points behind leaders Plymouth.

A 3-0 success at Bracknell earlier this month also means they have progressed to the second round of the FA Cup, where another non-league side await in the shape of Buxton.

Pompey were narrowly beaten at Portman Road back in October, with a brace of Colby Bishop penalties not enough to ensure they left Suffolk with any points.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, tonight’s tie will be settled by a penalty shoot-out.

Pompey remain without Michael Jacobs (hamstring), Tom Lowery (hamstring), Joe Rafferty (stomach), Jayden Reid (knee) and Louis Thompson (leg).

Joe Morrell is away on World Cup duty with Wales in Qatar, while Joe Pigott cannot feature against his former club.

Former Pompey striker Gassan Ahadme is cup tied after appearing for Burton in the competition earlier this season, while Conor Chaplin is trying to shake off a knock.

Kyle Edwards is suspended, while there are also injury doubts over Leif Davis and Janoi Donacien, but Greg Leigh is available again after recovering from a leg fracture.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Ronan Curtis ahead of the game.

Pompey: 16 wins
Ipswich: 21 wins
13 draws

On the road
Pompey: 10 wins
Ipswich: 10 wins
6 draws

Referee: Tom Nield
Assistants: Paul Evans and Conor Farrell
Fourth Official: Sam Mulhall

Pompey fans are no longer able to buy tickets for this fixture and they will not be sold at Portman Road this evening.

Click here to read a guide for away fans that has been produced by Ipswich.

Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

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 Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not available online).

Ipswich are the 17/20 favourites with VBET to progress inside 90 minutes, while Pompey can be backed at 29/10.

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

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