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Match Preview: Tottenham v Pompey

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

6 January 2023

Tottenham Hotspur v Pompey
Match Previews

Match Preview: Tottenham v Pompey

All you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

6 January 2023

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Pompey take a break from their league campaign when they head to Tottenham Hotspur for a glamour tie in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).

If you discount an EFL Trophy victory over the Londoners’ under-21 side in 2018, it is the first meeting between the clubs since a magical day at Wembley in April 2010.

Little was expected of the financially-ravaged Blues when they lined up against Spurs for a place in the final – indeed, their Premier League relegation had been confirmed the previous day.

But extra-time strikes from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng secured a famous triumph against Harry Redknapp’s expensively-assembled outfit.

Of course, it would be considered an even greater upset if the visitors progressed at the impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

Pompey sit 12th in League One and are under the temporary charge of Simon Bassey following the departure of Danny and Nicky Cowley on Monday night.

Their top-flight opponents by contrast, enjoyed a thumping midweek success at Crystal Palace and have a Champions League clash with AC Milan to look forward to next month.

Were the Blues able to take the lead, fans might want to wait before celebrating, as VAR will be used to settle any controversial decisions.

Should the tie finish all square after 90 minutes, a replay will be held at Fratton Park.

Louis Thompson is likely to be named on the bench after recovering from a broken leg, while Kieron Freeman could be available following a calf problem.

Marlon Pack begins a two-match suspension and Dane Scarlett cannot feature against his parent club.

Tom Lowery (hamstring), Joe Rafferty (stomach), Jayden Reid (knee) and skipper Clark Robertson (hip) are all still injured.

Tottenham are likely to be without Rodrigo Bentancur (thigh), Lucas Moura (knee), and Richarlison (thigh), while Dejan Kulusevski is also a doubt with a muscular problem.

Read the thoughts of Simon Bassey and Joe Morrell ahead of the game.

Pompey: 13 wins
Tottenham: 19 wins
15 draws

On the road
Pompey: 3 wins
Tottenham: 11 wins
8 draws

Referee: Thomas Bramall
Assistants: Derek Eaton and Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson
Video Assistant Referee: Graham Scott
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Darren Cann

Pompey have sold their full allocation of just under 9,000 tickets, so please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.

Click here to read a guide for visiting supporters that has been produced by the home club, including information on the stadium’s bag policy.

Supporters in the UK can watch the match live via the BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

It will be shown on ESPN+ in the USA and overseas fans can click here for a list of The FA’s global broadcast partners.

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 12pm.

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.

Tottenham are the 1/16 favourites with VBET to progress on Saturday, while Pompey can be backed at 16/1.

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

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