Tottenham host League One side Portsmouth in the FA Cup Third Round as they begin their latest search for silverware.
Spurs last won a major trophy in 2008 and a cup run would bring some positivity to what has been an inconsistent season for Antonio Conte’s side.
The Lilywhites closed the gap on the Premier League’s top four last time out and will now aim to try and build some momentum with a win in the cup.
Portsmouth head into the game without a manager after Danny and Nicky Cowley were sacked with the club sitting 12th in the third tier.
But Pompey will be bringing almost 9,000 away fans for what will be a big occasion as they face Tottenham for the first time in 13 years.
Their last meeting was also in the FA Cup and Portsmouth came out on top in the semi-final thanks to goals in extra time from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Tottenham vs Portsmouth: talkSPORT coverage
This FA Cup Third Round tie will take place on Saturday, January 7.
Kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is scheduled for 12:30pm.
talkSPORT will have live coverage of the game presented by Reshmin Chowdhury.
Commentary will then come from Nigel Adderley and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland.
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Tottenham vs Portsmouth: Team news
Tottenham will still be without Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura as their spells on the sidelines continue.
Rodrigo Bentancur is nearing his return but is likely to miss out on Saturday.
As for Portsmouth, midfielder Marlon Pack will be out due to suspension after he was sent off during their game against Charlton.
Captain Clark Robertson could be back in the side as he nears recovery from his injury while Spurs loanee Dane Scarlett will be unavailable to play against his parent club.
Tottenham vs Portsmouth: What has been said?
Pompey and Wales midfielder Joe Morrell is looking forward to the trip to the capital this weekend.
He said: “It’s really exciting and is a fixture this club haven’t had for a long time, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for the supporters to enjoy the day.
“I’m sure it will feel like a home game in a massive stadium that’s up there with the very best in the world.
“Tottenham are full of world class players and you have to get that balance right between enjoying the experience and imposing ourselves on the game.
“I’m not a fan of going into matches feeling too comfortable and I’m sure that won’t be the case on Saturday.”
Tottenham vs Portsmouth: Match facts
- Colby Bishop has scored four goals in his last four FA Cup games, including three in two for Portsmouth this season. The last player to score four goals in a single FA Cup campaign for Pompey was Alan McLoughlin in 1993-94.
- Since beating Tottenham 2-0 in the 2010 semi-final, Portsmouth have lost all four of their FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents by an aggregate score of 9-1.
- Tottenham haven’t lost any of their last 43 FA Cup home games against sides from outside the top-flight (W35 D8), since a 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest in a third round replay in 1975, in what was Brian Clough’s first game in charge of Forest.
- Portsmouth have lost six of their last seven away games against Tottenham in all competitions (all in the Premier League between 2004 and 2010), with their last victory at Spurs coming in April 1988 (1-0).
- After winning their first three FA Cup meetings with Portsmouth between 1937 and 1991, Spurs lost their last such game against them in the 2010 semi-final (0-2).
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