A look ahead the Capital One Cup tie at Fratton ParkPortsmouth, who host Reading in the second round of the Capital One Cup, are five-time quarter-finalists in the competition including the inaugural season of the competition in 1960/61.
After that, they reached the final eight a further four more times – in 1986, 1994, 2005, and the ill-fated 2010 season in which they also lost the FA Cup final and finished rock-bottom of the Premier League.
However these two sides have never before met in this tournament – the last time Pompey and the Royals were drawn against each other in knock-out competition of any description was in the 1996/97 season, when an FA Cup fourth round clash at Fratton Park saw Pompey run out 3-0 with Paul Hall, Lee Bradbury and David Hillier all scoring in the second half for the hosts that afternoon. The first ever meeting between the sides was also an FA Cup game in 1902 – Portsmouth were 1-0 winners then as well, but the Royals have twice overcome Portsmouth in the competition too.
The most recent meeting between the Royals and Pompey came in the Championship in 2011/12, as a sole Noel Hunt goal won it for Reading – that was a reversal of the scoreline earlier in the season, when Dave Kitson netted for Pompey against his old club. However Fratton Park hosted one of the more memorable clashes in the top-tier’s recent history in September 2007 – the game ended 7-4 in Portsmouth’s favour against the Royals, breaking the record for the highest amount of goals in a Premier League game.
Two divisions separate the teams now – however that didn’t prevent Portsmouth knocking out Derby County in the first round this year. Steve Clarke’s men will have to contend with that challenge again if they are to secure a place the hat in the third round draw, which takes place immediately after the games finish on Tuesday evening.
Our allocation of 1,760 advance tickets sold out, but there will be ample availability for supporters to buy on the day too at Fratton Park at the same price. Click here for full ticketing information.